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Hospital Budgets React to Perfect Storm Created by Global Markets

Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, March 14, 2011

Fleming's thoughts should telegraph the significance of the global economy to all healthcare financial leaders because labor costs account for 40%-60% of most hospital budgets.

After all, hospitals and health systems must adhere tightly to their budgets if they are to succeed in the changing payment environment. And if supply prices for everything from gauze and gurneys are increasing, hospital finance executives may have to look at labor decreases to offset price constraints set off by activity in the global market. Fleming, however, offers a couple of other thoughts for financial leaders:

  • Make some predictive projections for your budgets based on the global market.
  • Stay informed about the global markets, so you can make smart purchasing decisions and created a fixed price with your vendors. 

"There have been a [number] of factors affecting the global prices this year, but remember economies are also cyclical and what goes up must come down," says Fleming.


Karen Minich-Pourshadi is a Senior Editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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