April 26, 2022
  • The American Hospital Association (AHA) released its pandemic hospital costs report, highlighting an 11 percent overall increase—as well as a 20 percent per-patient increase—in total hospital expenses from 2019 through the end of 2021. The report found that, over the last two years, per-patient labor costs increase 19 percent and per-patient drug spend and other expenses grew 37 percent. The group noted that a primary driver of expense growth has been the heavy reliance on contract labor during COVID-19 surges. (Report here)