Research

Understanding how procedures shift out of the inpatient setting

    An increasing number of procedures are moving out of the inpatient setting. To understand how to invest for the future, health care leaders need a clear view into the state of this outpatient shift.

    This report provides leaders with data showing how much certain procedures have shifted to the outpatient setting. We used national data to understand how and when procedures shift, especially in the years following regulatory approval.

    Overall, we found that volumes for most procedures shift to the outpatient setting slowly. However, there are exceptions—which suggests that procedures can shift quickly if regulatory and market forces align.

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