April 30—Hospitals and health systems nationwide are projecting a significant shift in care delivery from inpatient to outpatient settings in 2013 as they transition toward new care delivery models, according to the Premier healthcare alliance’s spring 2013 Economic Outlook.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents to a Premier survey are projecting an increase in 2013 outpatient volumes compared with 2012 figures. Only 35 percent of 530 survey respondents—primarily hospital C-suite leaders, materials managers, and practice area managers—are projecting an increase in inpatient volume in 2013 compared with 2012 figures, a 30 percent decrease from predictions a year ago. Respondents projecting a decrease in inpatient volume in 2013 compared with 2012 rose 28 percent over the same period.

The survey also indicated that respondents expect to make the largest capital investment in health IT investments over the next year, and that more than half of respondents expect to be in an accountable care organization by 2014.

Publication Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013