Hospital PMI® at 57%
September 2023 Hospital ISM® Report On Business®
(Tempe, Arizona) — Economic activity in the hospital subsector grew in September after contracting in August, the second time in the previous five months, with 35 consecutive months of growth prior to that, 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 57 percent in September, a 9.5-percentage point increase from the August reading of 47.5 percent, indicating expansion after one month of contraction. The Business Activity Index increased compared to August. The New Orders and Employment indexes moved back into expansion territory. The Supplier Deliveries Index also returned to expansion (which indicates slower delivery performance). The Case Mix Index moved into contraction, registering 48 percent, a decrease of 3 percentage points compared to the August figure of 51 percent. The Days Payable Outstanding Index returned to contraction territory at 46.5 percent, down 5 percentage points from the 51.5 percent reported in August. The Technology Spend Index reading of 51 percent is an increase of 3.5 percentage points compared to the 47.5 percent recorded in August. The Touchless Orders Index registered 49 percent, up 2 percentage points from the August reading of 47 percent.”
LeMaster continues, “The beginning of the school year, Labor Day holiday and reemergence of seasonal illnesses contributed to increased volumes. Staffing efforts have focused on filling permanent positions while right-sizing to match budgetary needs. Some organizations are benefitting from reduced reliance on contract nurses. Facilities are making efforts to balance inventory levels to the evolving mix of patient needs. For some respondents, drug shortages remain their highest concern. Overall, despite some disruptions, the outlook suggests gradual improvement and normalization.”
Hospital PMI® HISTORY
About This Report
The information compiled in this report is for the month of September 2023.
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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