Hospital PMI at 58.8%


March 2021 Hospital ISM® Report On Business®


(Tempe, Arizona) — Economic activity in the hospital subsector grew in March for the 10th consecutive month, say the nation’s hospital supply executives in the latest Hospital ISM® Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Nancy LeMaster, MBA, Chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Hospital Business Survey Committee: “The Hospital PMI registered 58.8 percent in March, up 1.3 percentage points from the February reading of 57.5, indicating a 10th consecutive month of growth. The Business Activity and New Orders Indexes increased compared to February, while the Employment Index fell into contraction in March. The Case Mix Index increased to 54 percent, up 2 percentage points compared to the February reading of 52 percent. The Days Payable Outstanding Index decreased to 44 percent, down 6.5 percentage points from the February reading of 50.5 percent. The Technology Spend Index registered 51 percent, a decrease of 7 percentage points from the February reading of 58 percent.

“In March, hospitals began to see the shift in volumes they were hoping for in February. At some facilities, total volume was unchanged, but the patient mix significantly improved. ‘Lower coronavirus (COVID-19) admissions and increased elective procedures’ was a sentiment echoed by many Business Survey Committee panelists. Extreme weather in the Midwest and South contributed to supply disruptions, including increased back-orders and product substitutions. Several panelists mentioned high levels of manual work-arounds required to find needed supplies. Gloves remain in short supply, as do needles and syringes. Panelists anticipate additional shortages of products made from petroleum-based raw materials,” says LeMaster.

Hospital PMI History

Month
Hospital PMI
Mar 2021 58.8
Feb 2021 57.5
Jan 2021 55.8
Dec 2020 62.6
Nov 2020 62.6
Oct 2020 63.0
Month
Hospital PMI
Sep 2020 63.3
Aug 2020 63.8
Jul 2020 68.9
Jun 2020 63.6
May 2020 45.1
Apr 2020 46.9
59.3
68.9
45.1

About This Report

The information compiled in this report is for the month of March 2021.

The Hospital PMI was developed in collaboration with the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), an association for the health care supply chain profession, and a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

The data presented herein is obtained from a survey of hospital supply executives based on information they have collected within their respective organizations. ISM® makes no representation, other than that stated within this release, regarding the individual company data collection procedures. The data should be compared to all other economic data sources when used in decision-making.

Data and Method of Presentation

The Hospital ISM® Report On Business® is based on data compiled from hospital purchasing and supply executives nationwide. Survey responses reflect the change, if any, in the current month compared to the previous month. For each of the indicators measured (Business Activity, New Orders, Employment, Supplier Deliveries, Inventories, Prices, Prices: Pharmaceuticals, Prices: Supplies, Backlog of Orders, Imports, Inventory Sentiment, Case Mix, Days Payable Outstanding, Technology Spend, and Touchless Orders), this report shows the percentage reporting each response and the diffusion index. Responses represent raw data and are never changed. Beginning in January 2021, the Report On Business® staff and consultants are gathering market information to better validate the Exports Index. Exports Index data are still being collected.

The Hospital PMI is a composite index computed from the following, equally weighted indexes: Business Activity, New Orders, Employment and Supplier Deliveries. Diffusion indexes have the properties of leading indicators and are convenient summary measures showing the prevailing direction of change and the scope of change. A Hospital PMI™ index reading above 50 percent indicates that the hospital sub-sector is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally declining. For the sub-indexes, except Supplier Deliveries, an index reading above 50 percent indicates that the sub-index is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally contracting. A Supplier Deliveries Index above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries and below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries.

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Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) serves supply management professionals in more than 90 countries. Its 50,000 members around the world manage about US$1 trillion in corporate and government supply chain procurement annually. Founded in 1915 as the first supply management institute in the world, ISM is committed to advancing the practice of supply management to drive value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. ISM leads the profession through the ISM Report On Business®, its highly regarded certification programs and the ISM Mastery Model®. This report has been issued by the association since 1931, except for a four-year interruption during World War II.

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