Hospitals and Health Systems 2023 Outlook | February 2023


Historically viewed as recession-proof, 2023 is expected to be a challenging year for the healthcare industry as macroeconomic factors – inflation, high labor expenses, volatile markets, supply chain snarls and other issues – exert their influence in ways not previously seen.

In addition, healthcare providers – including hospitals and health systems – must grapple with the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), which will require unwinding the multi-layered changes that were put into effect during the PHE.

This report examines key trends impacting hospitals and health systems in 2023, including:

  • Mega-mergers and FTC scrutiny
  • Dealing with distressed assets
  • Increased focus on value-based care
  • Pursuing investments and partnerships
  • Returning to pre-PHE operations