The gap between U.S. hospitals' outpatient and inpatient revenue continued to shrink in 2017 as more patients elect to get care in cheaper outpatient settings, and some believe a flip is inevitable in the coming years.
AHA data show hospitals' outpatient revenue nearing inpatient
The American Hospital Association's 2019 Hospital Statistics report showed hospitals' net outpatient revenue was $472 billion and inpatient revenue totaled nearly $498 billion in 2017, the latest year for which the report covers, creating a ratio of 95%, up from 83% in 2013.
"It certainly reflects continued efforts from hospitals to make sure that people get the right care at the right time in the right setting," said Aaron Wesolowski, the AHA's vice president of policy research and analytics. "We've seen inpatient utilization drops in recent years and outpatient has increased."
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