Featured Reports

  • MACRA and Trends in Hospital-Physician Arrangements and Employment

    Published: January 2017

    Preview AHA Statistics 2017 with this complimentary excerpt on trends in physician payment and hospital/physician collaboration. This free report outlines the implications of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which significantly changes the way Medicare will pay for physician services. Also presented are statistics on average number of physicians engaged in Hospital-Physician Arrangements as well as the number of physicians employed directly by hospitals. 

    Download this report below. To purchase the full AHA Hospital Statistics 2017 Edition, the comprehensive reference source for analysis of hospital trends in utilization, personal and finances in U.S. Hospitals, see below under “Hospital Profiles.”

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  • New Delivery Models

    Published: February 2016

    The AHA Survey of Care Systems and Payment assesses a hospital's ability to manage financial risk, receive bundled payment, and calculate and distribute shared savings. Organizations which help hospitals with performance improvement can gain insights and identify solutions to enable hospitals to improve their operational performance and delivery of care. 

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  • EHR System Changes

    Published: January 2016

    In addition to identifying the primary inpatient and outpatient EHR systems used by hospitals, the AHA IT survey also captures the types of EHR system changes planned over the next 18 months.

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  • Population Health Findings

    Published: December 2015

    In the article Three Practical Approaches to Population Health, author Paul Barr suggests successful population health management (PHM) strategies will be those that ‘marry the technical and the personal'.[1] PHM vendors must clearly articulate and demonstrate how their solutions will help hospitals achieve those strategies.

    Utilize findings from the 2015 AHA Population Health Survey™ to identify the needs of over 1,400 hospitals.


    [1] Barr, P. (October 2015). Three Practical Approaches to Population Health. H&HN Magazine. 

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  • Health System Classification

    Nearly 63% of community hospitals are affiliated with a multihospital health system. Like hospitals, health systems have organizational structures and strategies to govern their organizations and affiliates. Discover five health system classifications, and which is most represented among community hospitals. 

  • Days in Net Patient Accounts Receivable

    Published: October 2015

    The median number of days in net patient accounts receivable for community hospitals is just over 51 days. A goal of any organization is to ensure it is paid correctly and in a timely manner.

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  • Telemedicine in U.S. Hospitals

    Published: September 2015

    A steady increase in the percentage of hospitals having started or fully implemented telehealth capability has occurred over the past several years, according to the AHA Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement.

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  • Volume-to-Value Payment Models

    Published: August 2015

    Not surprisingly, fee-for-service was the most frequently selected among 12 payment models used in hospital's today, according to hospital executives responding to the AHA Survey of Care Systems and Payment. Other payment models used today include Medicaid contracts, insurance products, contracts with employers, and more.

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  • Population Health

    Published: July 2015

    Most hospital executives agree their organizations should explore and implement population health strategies. The AHA Population Health Survey examines the infrastructure organizations use to implement those strategies.

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  • Financial Indicator: Days Cash on Hand

    Published: June 2015

    The median Days Cash on Hand varies by hospital size and ownership type. The role of a parent organization, such as a health care system, also influences the number of days cash on hand.

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  • EHR Interoperability

    Published: May 2015

    The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) reports 3 out of 4 acute care hospitals have at least a basic EHR. How well are hospitals faring with interoperability? Get a glance in this featured report on EHR interoperability based on the AHA Annual Survey Information Technology supplement.

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  • Leadership Change: CEO

    Published: April 2015

    The circumstances thought to contribute to the recent rise in hospital CEO turnover still exist:

    • New business models in health care
    • Baby Boomers heading into retirement
    • Industry consolidation

    This report examines the number of hospital CEOs updated in AHA DataViewer during the first quarter of 2015.

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  • Behavioral Health

    Published: March 2015

    Accountability for the health outcomes of a population of people means approaching behavioral health in new ways, while keeping an eye on expenses. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Services Survey of 2010, nearly 61% of the mental health facilities areoutpatient, day treatment, or partial hospitalization facilities.

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  • Provider-Owned Health Plans

    Published: February 2015

    A growing number of hospitals and health systems may be developing their own health plans. Provider-owned plans are not new. Indeed, the AHA Annual Survey of Hospitals has monitored such arrangements for over 30 years.

    The AHA quesionnaire, sent to all AHA member and non-member hospitals, asks whether the hospital has an equity interest in a health plan.

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  • Patient Engagement

    Published: January 2015

    The AHA Annual Survey of Hospitals Information Technology Supplement survey asked hospitals whether patients were able to perform a number of tasks specific to their own health/medical records. The top three functionalities permitted patients are:

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  • Net Patient Accounts Receivable

    Published: January 2015

    Days in net patient accounts receivable measures how long it takes for a hospital to collect payments and can be an indication of the efficiency of a hospital's revenue cycle. The median number of days in net patient accounts receivable for community hospitals is 50.

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