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A rough flu season is predicted — but it’s an opportunity for some

Healthcare Dive
By Shannon Muchmore
October 30, 2019

All signs point to a rough flu season for the United States. That means higher volumes for hospitals, but the ultimate results differ based on the sector and the specifics of how the virus manifests.

Large, publicly-traded health systems can see a slight boost to margins despite the additional staffing needed to combat flu, but smaller and nonprofit organizations are more strained and have less ability to capitalize on increased visits.

Meanwhile, for telehealth companies, it’s an opportunity to showcase their services and, they hope, nab new regular customers.