Texas hospitals warn of rural closures, care delays and service cuts without legislative support

A major Texas hospital group shored up its push for legislative assistance with warnings that nearly 1 in 10 of the state’s hospitals are at risk of closure—roughly twice as many as during the run-up to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, the percentage of Texas hospitals with negative margins has “skyrocketed” from 2019’s 33.9% and 2021’s 30.4% to 47.4%, according to new data (PDF) from The Texas Hospital Association that were prepared by Kaufman Hall.

The contributors to Texas hospitals’ dire states are similar to the pressures being felt by other hospitals across the country, explained the trade group’s president and CEO John Hawkins during a press call.

Labor expenses across the state are 20.9% higher than pre-pandemic levels, while the costs of medical supplies are 8.5% higher.

Source: Texas hospitals warn of rural closures, care delays and service cuts without legislative support / Fierce Healthcare

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