December 7, 2023

Indiana College Well being is the newest system to attribute a dismal 2022 monetary efficiency to rising prices and investment-related losses. 

Indianapolis-based IU Well being on Friday reported a $715.11 million loss in 2022, in contrast with a $861.51 million acquire a yr earlier. The nonprofit system’s annual loss included $698.16 million misplaced attributable to poor efficiency within the monetary markets.  

Annual working income grew 2.8% to $8.09 billion, together with a 4.6% bump in affected person service income with quantity will increase in surgical procedures, emergency division visits and radiological procedures. Hospital admissions fell barely. Bills for 2022 elevated 3.3% to $7.97 billion, pushed by labor, drug and provide prices. 

IU Well being will search to beat the financial headwinds by limiting capital spending, optimizing assets and implementing operational efficiencies, the hospital mentioned in a information launch. 

As Indiana’s largest healthcare system, IU Well being operates 16 hospitals and greater than 300 doctor workplaces, surgical facilities and different care amenities.

IU Well being additionally famous its ongoing price-reduction plan was having a adverse impression on income. In late 2021, IU Well being introduced it might take measures to carry its common business costs as a share of Medicare according to the nationwide common by 2025 — a transfer anticipated to value the system greater than $1 billion in income. IU Well being beforehand got here underneath hearth for the upper costs it charged business prospects. 

In 2020, business costs have been 280% of Medicare costs, falling to 269% in 2021. Costs have been at 265% as of the primary 9 months of 2022, the newest obtainable information.  

A spokesperson mentioned IU Well being recorded $120 million in diminished income in 2021 because of the price-reduction plan. That equates to 1.5% of the system’s complete working income that yr. The spokesperson didn’t present a quantity for 2022. 

“IU Well being has acknowledged and accepted its duty to assist handle value of healthcare in Indiana. We acknowledge that hospital costs for business prospects in our state are larger than the nationwide common, and we’re the one well being system to this point that has not solely dedicated publicly to decreasing them however which has really taken concrete steps to take action,” the system mentioned in an announcement final yr. 

The system has thus far reached a forty five% common value discount in radiology companies, a 30% discount in specialty pharmacy and an almost 24% discount in ambulance companies. IU Well being mentioned nearly all laboratory companies are at Medicare costs or decrease. The system is planning comparable value changes in 2023.