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Inpatient utilization forecasts: tertiary care up 12% by 2021

Between 2011 and 2021, inpatient discharges are expected to decrease by 3 percent overall, but tertiary care discharges are projected to increase by 12 percent, according to forecasts by Sg2 experts using their proprietary Impact of Change model.  As much as 40 percent of an academic medical center’s volume are “destination cases,” or patients who travel 100 miles or more for care.  AMCs can expect to see opportunities in: rare and complex procedures, patients who need the multi-disciplinary care, cases with unusual presentations, and in the development of hub-and-spokes networks with community hospitals.  Some of the highest forecasted growth opportunities by 2021 are in the area of endovascular revascularization for stroke (246%, yes, this is not a typo), craniotomy (29%), organ transplant (11%), and bone marrow transplant (10%).

Source: Peabody, J.  The future play for academic medical centers.  Sg2 Health Care Community, Sept. 12, 2011.  Full text click here [free registration required]: http://www.sg2.com/ExpertBlog.aspx    Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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