COVER STORY

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS -

The flu sea­son has barely be­gun, and al­ready hos­pi­tals are feel­ing a strain on their ca­pac­ity. Last week, the CDC de­clared the out­break to be an epi­demic by one mea­sure. “We’re see­ing an on­slaught of pa­tients, to be hon­est. We’re see­ing much higher vol­ume than in pre­vi­ous years,” said Dr. Robert Kelly, pres­i­dent of New York-Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal. At least one an­a­lyst said the strong flu sea­son could be a pos­i­tive for cash flow, though it may not nec­es­sar­ily mean higher mar­gins for hos­pi­tals.

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