April 8, 2020
A U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) hospital survey showed an urgent need for testing, supplies and financial assistance in the wake of COVID-19. Administrators from 323 hospitals surveyed also reported challenges and confusion due to changing and sometimes inconsistent guidance from federal, state and local authorities.
The survey, conducted by phone from March 23-27, identified the impact of increasing hospital costs and decreasing revenues, which threaten financial viability.
Overall, hospital leaders said they need government assistance in these five areas:
- Testing, supplies and equipment;
- Workforce allocation;
- Capacity of facilities;
- Financial assistance; and
- Communication and public information.
At this point in time, to address a shortage in ventilators, hospitals are seeking new sources and alternative equipment to support patients. They have implemented various measures to conserve personal protective equipment, including postponing elective surgeries.
Read the full report.