STAT+: Hospitals say peak labor costs are behind them

SAN FRANCISCO — Rising labor costs has been the main financial concern for hospitals over the past year, but those costs have peaked and are now a lot lower, according to hospital system executives who presented during the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

During the Omicron surge at the beginning of 2022, Covid patients flooded hospitals, which didn’t have enough staff to treat everyone. As a result, hospitals relied more on staffing agencies, especially for travel nurses, to fill the gaps in their facilities.

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