The 2,600 hospital firms in the US provide acute care and surgeries for patients on either a scheduled or emergency basis. Most hospitals are considered community hospitals, and are operated by non-profit, for-profit, or state or local government organizations.

Conflict with Insurers

While hospitals depend on private insurers for revenue, both groups struggle to agree on how best to treat patients.

Labor Shortage

Hospitals struggle with shortages of nurses, medical technicians, pharmacists, and other clinical workers.

Outpatient Procedures Increasing

The number of outpatient procedures has grown to account for 66% of surgeries and about 43% of total revenue in hospitals.