January 2022 Hospital ISM Report On Business released

Feb. 8, 2022

Economic activity in the hospital subsector grew in January for the 20th consecutive month, say the nation’s hospital supply executives in the latest Hospital ISM Report On Business.

The report was issued by Nancy LeMaster, MBA, Chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Hospital Business Survey Committee:

“The Hospital PMI registered 64.1 percent in January, a 0.3-percentage point increase from the December reading of 63.8 percent, indicating a 20th consecutive month of growth.

The Business Activity Index increased to its highest reading since June 2020. The New Orders Index increased in January compared to December. The Employment Index remained in contraction at its lowest reading since May 2020.

The Case Mix Index decreased to 55 percent, down 4 percentage points compared to the December reading of 59 percent. The Days Payable Outstanding Index registered 47.5 percent, the same reading as in December. The Technology Spend Index registered 54.5 percent, a 2.5-percentage point increase from the December reading of 52 percent.”

LeMaster continues, “The surge of COVID-19 patients and labor constraints were top of mind for Hospital Business Survey Committee respondents. Many commented on staff absences due to COVID-19 and the inability to hire and retain staff. In April and May 2020, employment contraction was intentional and due primarily to temporary furloughs as the industry reacted to lockdowns. A lack of supply is driving the current contraction in the Employment Index. Despite labor and supply shortages, the Business Activity Index climbed to 74 percent, a number that has only been reached three times since the survey began in April 2018. Supply disruptions continue, with many panelists citing illness and the shortage of truck drivers as factors. A few panelists remarked that COVID-19 cases were stabilizing in their areas and were hopeful they were beginning to decline.”

ISM release