Administrator’s Bi-Weekly Review For Year Ending May 27th

Continued Dedicated Service to Our Community
Administrator’s Bi-Weekly Review
For Year Ending May 27th

A busy spring has continued right through the end of the school year and into the Memorial Day Weekend. Clinic encounters, ER, and Outpatient visits all remain ahead of prior year-to-date paces. In fact, it strikes me as interesting, as we are now inside of two weeks from being with Cerner for a whole year (June 20, 2022), that we can compare a Pre-Cerner period to a like Post-Cerner period, in a fashion similar to the other disruptive event we have been constantly comparing for over three years (Pre-Covid and Post-Covid eras).

So a look at our various service areas for the periods of Jan 1, 2022 thru May 28, 2022 and Jan. 1, 2023 thru May 27, 2023, we see some telling swings: Cash collections are up 29.7%, largely due to catching up slowly processed claims from July-November 2022), Total Revenue is up 17.7%, Claims filed are up 41% (mirroring same reason for cash swing), Combined ER/Convenient Care visits are up 7.2%, Combined Surgery totals are up 26.9%, Combined Imaging services are up 9%, Combined Rehab services are up 10%, and Combined Clinic visits are up 6%, while Lab testing is down 7%, Public Health is down 25.3%, and EMS runs are down 19.6%. We know Lab and Public Health are down only because COVID testing is way down, and we know EMS calls are down due to the subsidence of COVID calls as well. The other somewhat puzzling stat is that inpatient days and swing bed days combined are down 15.7%, while observation days are up 50%. So we are seeing fewer patient arrivals to the ER via ambulance and far more coming via private car (perhaps a sign of lower acuity and hence fewer admissions??). Too early to fully understand if these new trends will continue for the balance of 2023.

Hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer and maybe a slower pace to go with it. Thanks for always putting our patients first.

Kevin Leeper, CEO

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