Hospitals and health systems nationwide are projecting a decrease in their capital expenditure budgets, according to a new Premier health care alliance survey.
Premier said only 41 percent of respondents expect increased capital spending compared with last year. Contributing factors could include reimbursement cuts, which 74 percent of respondents cited as the most important trend affecting their hospitals, or reduction in patient admissions, which 24 percent of respondents expect.
The expected areas of largest investment are health care information technology and telecommunications at 43 percent, up from 34 percent in 2011; and infrastructure and construction at 34 percent, up from 28 percent in 2011. By contrast, investments in imaging, lab, and surgical and clinical equipment are expected to drop by more than 23 percent compared with just six months ago.
Premier, based in North Carolina, is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites.