Analysis of Surgical Trends During COVID-19
COVID-19 had a significant impact on the state of surgery at hospitals across the country in 2020. The average hospital in the U.S. saw a 35-percent reduction in surgical volume just from March to July 2020, peaking at 59 percent below 2019 volume in April. Even by December, volume remained well below 2019 numbers. This had a devastating effect on hospitals, contributing to over $200 billion lost — a toll that continued to grow into early 2021 as the virus rampaged communities across the U.S.
In April 2020, elective surgeries saw a 193 percent decline in case volume compared to 2019
After an initial 193 percent drop in caseload in April, elective surgery stabilized around 10 percent below 2019’s numbers, while urgent cases steadily declined
Our research report, “The State of Surgery: An Analysis of Surgical Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” reveals that Caresyntax customers completed significantly more cases than the national average throughout these challenges
Hospitals that used CX-INSIGHT to guide decision making in 2020 completed 16-percent more surgeries than those that didn’t.
Even in April 2020, when COVID-19 cases skyrocketed and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended postponing non-emergent surgeries, leading to a dramatic overall decrease in surgeries, Caresyntax customers completed 7-percent more surgical cases than the national average. Our customers were operating at around just 10-percent less volume than 2019 by the end of the year, even as COVID-19 cases were skyrocketing.
While the US saw a 35% reduction in surgical volume this past year, Caresyntax customers retained 16% more surgical case load