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March 2021 Hospital ISM® Report On Business® Hospital PMI™ at 58.8% News

Economic activity in the hospital subsector grew in March for the 10th consecutive month, say the nation’s hospital supply executives in the latest Hospital ISM® Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Nancy LeMaster, MBA, Chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Hospital Business Survey Committee: “The Hospital PMI™ registered 58.8 percent in March, up 1.3 percentage points from the February reading of 57.5, indicating a 10th consecutive month of growth. The Business Activity and New Orders Indexes increased compared to February, while the Employment Index fell into contraction in March. The Case Mix Index increased to 54 percent, up 2 percentage points compared to the February reading of 52 percent. The Days Payable Outstanding Index decreased to 44 percent, down 6.5 percentage points from the February read­ing of 50.5 percent. The Technology Spend Index registered 51 percent, a decrease of 7 percentage points from the February reading of 58 percent.

“In March, hospitals began to see the shift in volumes they were hoping for in February. At some facilities, total volume was unchanged, but the patient mix significantly improved. ‘Lower coronavirus (COVID-19) admissions and increased elective procedures’ was a sentiment echoed by many Business Survey Committee panelists. Extreme weather in the Midwest and South contributed to supply disruptions, including increased back-orders and product substitutions. Several panelists mentioned high levels of manual work-arounds required to find needed supplies. Gloves remain in short supply, as do needles and syringes. Panelists anticipate additional shortages of products made from petroleum-based raw materials,” says LeMaster.