ISSUES CONFRONTING HOSPITALS
November 26, 2003As the healthcare
field continues to change, so do the top issues confronting
hospitals. For the second year in a row, ACHE's "Top
Issues Confronting Hospitals" survey reveals the issues
of greatest concern for hospital CEOs. The survey asked respondents
to rank the three most pressing issues affecting their hospitals;
within each of the three issues, respondents were also asked
to identify specific areas of concern.
issues are hospital CEOs' number one most concerning issue,
compared with 2002, when personnel shortages topped the list.
Specifically, the percentage of respondents choosing reimbursement
as one of their top three concerns rose from 65 percent in
2002 to 73 percent in 2003. Meanwhile, 58 percent of respondents
chose personnel shortages as one of their top three concerns
in 2003, compared with 71 percent in 2002. Concern about capacity
and care for the uninsured also rose in the 2003 survey, while
malpractice insurance and governmental mandates moved to sixth
and seventh in the list. Physician/hospital relations remained
the fifth most concerning issue for the second year in a row.
here for more results from the survey, which was sent on October
3, 2003, to 730 hospital CEOs, 230 (32 percent) of whom responded.