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Illinois Hospitals Hit Hard By Recession
Date:4/9/2009

capital investments;
  • 79% are deferring plans for new capital investments. (see third chart)
  • Patients in Illinois are being affected by the economic crisis:
    • 75% of hospitals and health systems report an increase in the number of uninsured patients;
    • 47% report increases in emergency department visits;
    • 55% report decreases in admissions, particularly elective procedures.
  • Illinois hospitals are waiting longer to receive reimbursement from all payers:
    • 78% report longer delays in Medicaid payments; the average Medicaid accounts receivable is 160 days, with some hospitals as high as 350 days;
    • 20% report longer delays in Medicare payments;
    • 30% report longer delays in commercial insurance payments. (see fourth chart)

  • Illinois hospitals have been taking steps to mitigate the impact of the economic crisis. In addition to postponing capital investments, 14% have made moderate staff reductions in the past year and 2% have made significant reductions. In the coming year, 29% of hospitals said they plan to make moderate staff reductions and 1% said they will make significant staff reductions.

    "In these extremely difficult economic times, it is imperative that Medicaid and Medicare funding not be reduced so that health care remains available to all Illinoisans, especially to our most vulnerable populations, including the young, the elderly, the disabled and the newly unemployed, who have lost their employer-based coverage," said Robbins. "We ask that state and federal lawmakers protect our health care delivery system and take steps to preserve health care funding."

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