ISM Report on Business: Hospital Activity Grew in September

According to the latest Hospital Report On Business from the Institute for Supply Management, economic activity in the hospital subsector grew in September for the 28th consecutive month. The report was issued by Nancy LeMaster, chair of the ISM Hospital Business Survey committee.

“The Hospital PMI registered 57.9% in September, a 4.4-percentage point increase from the August reading of 53.5%, indicating a 28th consecutive month of growth,” LeMaster said. “The Business Activity, New Orders and Employment indexes all increased compared to August. The Case Mix Index registered 47.5%, a decrease of 6 percentage points compared to the August figure of 53.5%. The Days Payable Outstanding Index registered 52.5%, down 5 percentage points from the 57.5% reported in August. The Technology Spend Index registered 60.5%, a 6-percentage point increase from the August reading of 54.5%.”

“A top-of-mind concern for Business Survey Committee respondents was erosion of hospital profitability due to increased labor and supply costs,” LeMaster said. “Many commented on their facilities’ decline in financial performance in spite of higher volumes. Some panelists mentioned that labor shortages continued to reduce capacity, but a majority reported higher inpatient and outpatient volumes. Respondents reported improvements in supplier deliveries and some easing of product shortages, but the potential of railway work stoppages caused concerns, though those have been eased for now. They also indicated that, despite some improvements, product availability remained an issue. That said, hospitals are managing those concerns while continuing to reduce periodic automatic replenishment levels and burn off inventory in an effort to free up cash flow.”

Month Hospital PMI® Month Hospital PMI®
Sep 2022 57.9 Mar 2022 50.4
Aug 2022 53.5 Feb 2022 56.9
Jul 2022 54.9 Jan 2022 64.1
Jun 2022 58.0 Dec 2021 63.8
May 2022 56.9 Nov 2021 64.5
Apr 2022 56.3 Oct 2021 63.4
Average for 12 months – 58.4

High – 64.5

Low – 50.4

Hospital PMI History

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