On the other hand, this sentence from a recent Health Affairs articles should terrify every hospital executive:
"It is too early to determine the extent to which hospitalizations will return to baseline levels. A new, lower norm is conceivable if clinicians become more comfortable with alternatives to inpatient admission, including home-based care with remote monitoring."
The people who have jeopardized the very survival of hospitals throughout America cannot and will not repair the damage they have wrought. We have to do that, and we need to do it now. America’s cities and towns need vibrant hospitals, hospitals that are not barely surviving but thriving. Your community needs your system to thrive. Is your system prepared to thrive? If not, the Dalai Lama reminds us,
“There are only two days in a year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday, and the other is called tomorrow…”