Moody’s and Fitch see pressure and unstable profits for hospitals in 2019

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When it comes to net revenue, life is hard for most hospital CFOs. And 2019 doesn’t look to be much easier. While in some cases revenues may have gone up, the revenue mix is causing havoc. What used to be Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance paying the bills has moved to higher patient self-pay in the mix, resulting in more bad debt.

Moody’s and Fitch both predict dour outlooks for hospitals in the coming year:

Moody’s:

Moody’s Investors Service has “issued a negative outlook on the nonprofit healthcare and hospital sector for 2019,” according to an article in Becker’s Hospital Review.[1] Citing things like flat or declining cash flow and expenses outplacing revenues, Moody’s also sees “Hospital bad debt growing to 8 to 9 percent next year as health plans place greater financial burden on patients. An aging population will increase hospital reliance on Medicare, which will also constrain revenue growth.”[2]

Fitch:

“Fitch Ratings expects healthcare pricing and profit margins to be under pressure next year, according to the rating agency’s 2019 Outlook Report.[3]

“’Most disruptive threats to healthcare business models boil down to an attack on pricing power, including outside industry competitive upstarts, government price setting and consumer and employer efforts to force lower pricing,’ said Megan Neuburger, managing director at Fitch.”[4]

When volumes are going up, but profitable business is going down, and you’re not collecting from the consumer, and Moody’s and Fitch predict further instability in 2019, it’s time to take action for your own hospital and change your own fortunes.

It’s time to embrace consumerism because it’s truly here and only going to grow in healthcare. And maybe it’s time to enhance your efforts with a solution that you can implement today, that will fully integrate with your revenue cycle management software and your EHR. It’s called HealthQRS.

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[1] Ayla Ellison, “Outlook is negative for nonprofit hospital sector, Moody’s says,” Becker’s Hospital Review, Dec. 5, 2018, https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/outlook-is-negative-for-nonprofit-hospital-sector-moody-s-says.html

[2] Ellison, “Outlook is negative,” Becker’s Hospital Review, Dec. 5, 2018, https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/outlook-is-negative-for-nonprofit-hospital-sector-moody-s-says.html

[3] Ayla Ellison, “Fitch: Healthcare profit margins will face pressure in 2019,” Becker’s Hospital Review, Dec. 3, 2018, https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/fitch-healthcare-profit-margins-will-face-pressure-in-2019.html

 

[4] Ellison, “Fitch,” Becker’s Hospital Review, Dec. 3, 2018, https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/fitch-healthcare-profit-margins-will-face-pressure-in-2019.html

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