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CSC Survey Reveals Hospitals Find Current Recession Far Worse Than Last Downturn; Emergency Visits to Climb
Date:12/9/2008

s an opportunity to tighten up their revenue cycle management. Only 43 percent plan to lay off staff, 21 percent anticipate cutting services and fewer than four percent see the need to close facilities.

One of the largest factors expected to affect hospitals and health networks is the manner in which patients pursue care. Increased cost of living, tightening credit and the job market are creating a "perfect storm" where the uninsured patient base rises and insured patients look for a greater "bang for their buck." Of the hospital executives surveyed, 67 percent expect to see an increase in emergency department visits, while 58 percent expect to see fewer routine checkups. Half of the executives interviewed expect to see fewer patients coming back for follow-up care.

CSC conducted 54 interviews with hospital and health network executives during the latter half of November, with 94 percent at the C-level. Nearly 50 percent were chief executive officers, chief financial officers or chief operating officers.

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