July 18—Inpatient admissions decreased and outpatient visits grew more slowly last month as compared with April and May, according to a survey of 50 U.S. hospitals across 16 states conducted by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. 

Survey results indicate that inpatient admissions decreased 0.4 percent in June, compared to a 0.1 percent increase in May and a 1.5 percent increase in April. At the same time, outpatient volumes increased 1 percent, less than the 1.8 percent and 1.7 percent growth in May and April, respectively. 

According to the survey, patient mix continues to see pressure as uninsured volumes continue to grow faster than insured volumes. Median growth in uninsured volumes increased 5 percent in June as compared with 4.5 percent in May, while commercial volumes were basically flat.

Publication Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013