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Healthcare Stuck in Economic Limbo

Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

Are these layoffs just a downward blip in the longer recovery or the beginning of a new trend? As a leader, how do these mixed signals affect your labor management decisions?

A recent AHA survey shows that in some areas hospitals have not started moving forward again, even though the economy has showed improvement. Sixty-seven percent have not resumed capital projects that were put on hold because of the recession, and 89% have not added back staff or increased hours.

That doesn’t mean hospitals haven’t recovered at all or are worse off now than they were when investments and patient volume were on the decline and unemployment was rising. But healthcare won’t be in the clear until the overall economy is back on track.

Elyas Bakhtiari is a freelance editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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