- Average total surgeries fell 59% y/y in April vs. 26% in March.
- The preliminary data is roughly in line with our US Hospital C-Suite COVID-19 PulseCheck survey fielded at the end of April, where hospital executives reported a 67% y/y decline in total surgical volumes in April and expected a mean 38% decrease for May.
- Emergency Department visits were down 38% y/y in April vs. 18% in March. By comparison, the PulseCheck survey reported a mean 42% decline for April.
- Average inpatient discharges and outpatient visits in April fell 28% and 31%, respectively (vs. 22% and 16% in March). The hospital survey reported larger declines of 45% and 58%.
- Data on payer types shows that the share of Medicare inpatients – who are aged 65 and older – decreased in April 2020 relative to a year earlier.
US Hospital Volumes: Change y/y
US Hospitals: Mean y/y Change in Patient Volumes Based on PulseCheck Survey of Executives
Payer Type for Inpatient Discharges: April 2020 vs. April 2019