LifePoint Hospitals Inc

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    Earnings Report

    What Are Analysts’ Recommendations for LifePoint and Its Peers?

    LifePoint released earnings for 4Q15 and 2015 on February 12, 2016. Following the earnings release, analysts revised their recommendations on the company.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Outflows in High-Yield Funds Fell, Yield on High-Yield Bonds Rose

    Investor flows in high-yield bond funds were negative last week. According to Lipper, the net outflows from high-yield bond funds totaled $0.5 billion.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Universal Health Services’ Behavioral Health Business in 3Q15

    Universal Health Services (UHS) is expected to benefit from its leading market position in the behavioral health business in 3Q15.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Miscellaneous

    Which Hospital Stocks Are Expected to Benefit Most?

    Trumpcare’s failure is considered to be a boon by hospital companies treating a significant portion of Medicaid members.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Fund Managers

    DaVita HealthCare Partners is New Stake in Lone Pine’s Portfolio

    DaVita posted 4Q14 net earnings of $208 million, or $0.96 per share, compared with $212.3 million, or $0.99 per share, last year.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Earnings Report

    What Is the Reason for LifePoint’s High Salary and Wage Expenses?

    During 4Q15, salaries and benefits for LifePoint Health (LPNT) amounted to $652.7 million, up 6.6% in comparison with the same quarter of the previous year.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inovalon Gains 2.1%, to Present at NASDAQ Investor Program

    Inovalon closed at $18.26 and was trading below 20-, 50-, and 100-day moving averages.

    By Peter Neil
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    Earnings Report

    Universal Health Services’ Net Profit Margin Expected to Rise

    Wall Street analysts expect that Universal Health Services (UHS) will report higher net profit margins in 3Q15 compared to margins in 3Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Does UHS’s Valuation Compare to Other Hospital Companies?

    On February 26, 2016, Universal Health Services (UHS) was trading at a forward PE (price-to-earnings) multiple of about 13.8x.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Admissions Expected to Drive HCA Holdings Revenues In 1Q15

    Same-facility inpatient admissions rose by 5.1% in 1Q15 on a year-over-year basis. Same-facility equivalent admissions, a measure of total inpatient and outpatient admissions, grew by 6.8%.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Assessing Community Health Systems’ focus on non-urban areas

    According to the US Census Bureau, 19.3% of the total US population resides in non-urban areas. Also, out of the total hospitals in the US, 40% are located in these areas.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What the Advisory Board’s Health Business Expects from Technology Sales

    In 1Q17, the Advisory Board earned a major part of its healthcare business revenues from consultancy services, but it expects to see higher demand for health tech.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Why Community Health Systems faces unique risks

    Community Health Systems (CYH) faces a unique combination of company risks in addition to the industry-specific risks of the hospital industry.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    What Are Analysts’ Recommendations for HCA Holdings?

    HCA Holdings released its 4Q15 and fiscal 2015 earnings results on January 28, 2016. In Bloomberg’s survey, 68.0% of the analysts rated HCA Holdings a “buy.”

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Peer analysis: Community Health Systems’ workforce and supply chain

    In 2013, Community Health Systems (CYH) had a workforce comprising 69,000 full-time employees and 18,000 part-time employees. The company also increased its total number of affiliated physicians by 1,030 in 2013.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Solid Volume Growth Drove HCA Holdings’s Revenue in 4Q15

    In 4Q15, HCA Holdings’s core strategy of selecting key geographic markets continued to be a major factor. It contributed to the company’s strong volume growth.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Analyzing hospital expenses: Breaking down the important costs

    You can break down average hospital costs into salary expenses, supply expenses, bad debt expenses, and miscellaneous expenses. Labor costs account for about 49% of expenses, and they’re the biggest expenses for hospitals.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Who pays hospital bills? Analyzing hospitals’ payer mix

    Government programs Government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, combined with other health insurance plans such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (or CHIP), Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs programs, comprise about 51% of the total payments for hospital care. There are also other third-party payers, like worksite healthcare, the Indian Health Service, […]

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Overview: Assessing hospital companies’ capital expenditures

    Capital projects in the hospital sector include purchasing new facilities, purchasing medical equipment, renovating and replacing existing hospitals, and investing in information systems infrastructure.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Why location and services affect hospitals’ competition and margins

    During the 1990s, the hospital industry underwent about 900 consolidation deals. These led to the formation of local markets, with limited hospital systems dominating cities like Boston, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Understanding hospitals’ size, technology, and operating expenses

    In the capital-intensive hospital industry, economies of scale offer a competitive advantage by spreading out the high fixed costs, providing for higher margins.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Why healthcare investors should consider teaching hospitals

    An overview of teaching hospitals can help you predict future trends in hospital industry workforce management and, finally, the companies’ overall expenses.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Understanding hospitals’ bad debt expenses and profitability

    According to the American Hospital Association (the AHA), uncompensated care costs in 2013 amounted to about $49 billion. Bad debt expenses closely relate to unemployment levels and the total number of uninsured people.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Are Recommending for These Three Hospital Stocks

    After a relatively lackluster performance in 2017, the three major for-profit hospital stocks in the US have seen a rapid rise in 2018.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s behind LifePoint Health Stock’s Rise Today?

    LifePoint Health (LPNT) stock rose ~34.1% to $64.25 earlier today.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Key Risks Facing Mednax in 2017

    Mednax (MD) bills payors for services provided to patients. These payors consist of government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, contracted managed care, third parties, and private pay patients.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Mednax’s Financial Position

    In 3Q17, hurricanes negatively affected Mednax’s (MD) revenues by close to $2 million. According to the company, acquisitions in radiology, anesthesia, and neonatology contributed around 430 basis points to revenue growth.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    A Closer Look at Mednax’s Business Strategy

    Mednax (MD) has a proven track record of expertise in the administration of physician services and a methodical approach to clinical data warehousing in fields such as research, education, and quality.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    The Latest Wall Street Recommendations for Mednax

    Of the total 14 analysts covering Mednax (MD) in December 2017, three analysts have given the stock a “buy” or higher rating and ten have given it a “hold” rating while one analyst has given it a “sell” rating.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Miscellaneous

    Hospital Industry Reacts to the Failed Healthcare Bill

    On March 24, 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled back the American Health Care Act, also known as “Trumpcare,” before votes were cast.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Is Donald Trump’s Seven-Point Health Plan?

    Trump’s healthcare agenda During his campaign, Trump came up with a seven-point plan for the healthcare industry. In this plan, he proposed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Although a complete repeal doesn’t seem feasible, if applied, it would definitely take a toll on hospitals and insurance companies. In the next article, we’ll discuss the severity of […]

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Emergency Visit or Expansion: What Should Investors Look For?

    On a same-facility basis, emergency visits at LifePoint fell by 1.8% year-over-year, leading to a fall in same-hospital equivalent admissions during 4Q15.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    How Has LifePoint Performed on a Same-Facility Basis?

    Same-facility admissions for LifePoint (LPNT) fell by 4.2% to 55,000 during 4Q15. During 4Q15, its equivalent admissions fell by 1.1% to 146,000.

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    What Key Factors Drive Revenue for LifePoint?

    What drives LifePoint’s revenue? Major revenue drivers for LifePoint Health (LPNT) include: Equivalent admissions Medicare case mix index Average length of stay Inpatient and outpatient surgeries Emergency room visits Outpatient factor To learn more about the company’s organic growth strategy, please refer to Organic growth strategy at LifePoint Hospitals. Admissions on a consolidated basis LifePoint’s consolidated […]

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings’s Strong Capital Expenditure Strategy for 2016

    In 2015, HCA Holdings deployed ~$2.4 billion in capital expenditure. It planned to increase capital spending to $2.7 billion in 2016.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    HCA Holdings Had Solid Inpatient and Outpatient Revenue Growth

    In 4Q15, HCA Holdings earned ~$6.1 billion in revenue from inpatient admissions. It also earned about $4.1 billion in revenue from outpatient admissions.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    HCA Holdings’s Operating Expense Ratio Fell in 4Q15

    In 4Q15, HCA Holdings spent about $8.1 billion on salaries, supplies, and other operating expenses combined—an increase of 5.3% from $7.7 billion spent in 4Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings Had Less Bad Debt Expenses in 4Q15

    In 2015, HCA Holdings’s bad debt expense—represented by the provision for doubtful accounts—totaled $3.9 billion. It rose by ~23.5% YoY (year-over-year).

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Universal Health Services Explores Growth Opportunities in 3Q15

    In 3Q15, Universal Health Services was actively involved in exploring growth opportunities, both in its acute care as well as behavioral health business.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    Rise in Revenues Is Expected for Universal Health Services

    According to Wall Street, Universal Health Services’ 3Q15 revenues are estimated to be about $2.2 billion—growth of about 9.5% on a YoY basis.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Fund Managers

    Glenview Capital Management: Portfolio changes for 4Q14

    The 4Q14 portfolio for Glenview Capital Management increased 4.5% to $19.98 billion, from $19.13 billion in the third quarter of 2014.

    By Diana Key
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    LifePoint Hospitals: An ambitious acquisition strategy

    LifePoint Hospitals’ ambitious acquisition strategy is to buy hospitals in states that are adopting or are thought to be adopting Medicaid expansion.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Organic growth strategy at LifePoint Hospitals

    LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) has adopted a four-pronged organic growth strategy to boost its revenues, a key element of which is physician recruitment.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    LifePoint Hospitals’ geographic strategy

    LifePoint Hospitals’ geographic strategy is to provide medical and surgical services in mainly non-urban markets.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hedge funds among top owners of LifePoint Hospitals

    The major hedge funds project that the Affordable Care Act will benefit LifePoint Hospitals and increase the company’s revenues.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An overview of LifePoint Hospitals

    With 67 hospitals, acquisitions continue to strengthen its position in rural markets, especially where LifePoint Hospitals is the sole healthcare provider.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Universal Health Services’ payer mix differs from other companies’

    Universal Health Services (UHS) has displayed a trend in payer mix from 2011 to 2013 that differs from other companies in the healthcare industry (XLV).

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring Universal Health Services’ revenue streams

    Universal Health Services’ (UHS) net revenues increased by 4.6% from $6.96 billion in 2012 to $7.28 billion in 2013.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Universal Health Service’s population growth–driven strategy

    Universal Health Services’ (UHS) strategy focuses on markets with above-average population growth in the US.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Unraveling the history of Universal Health Services

    Universal Health Services (UHS) has consistently provided good returns. Its performance surpassed that of the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV).

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How will the Cadillac tax affect the hospital industry?

    The implementation of this tax, called the Cadillac tax, will take effect beginning 2018. Post-2018, the threshold will be indexed to general inflation

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings sees operating expenses dip in 3Q14

    Salaries account for more than half of total operating expenses. HCA Holdings spent marginally less on salaries in 3Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Medicaid expansion leads to better hospital performance

    According to the ACA, Medicaid expansion programs involve states changing the eligibility limits of Medicaid coverage to include population up to 138% of the federal poverty line.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why changes in interest rates affect the hospital industry

    Economic changes in interest rates affect hospital companies, depending on the company’s cost-structure and expansion strategies.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the unemployment rate affects hospital performance

    The healthcare industry, represented by the Healthcare Select Sector SPDR, is affected by the unemployment rate. Income affects people’s health choices.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring HCA’s debt numbers

    Despite having negative equity, HCA Holdings is backed by strong operational performance and debt-to-EBITDA figures, which are among the lowest in the industry.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    HCA’s information technology initiatives

    HITECH specifies certain criteria that must be satisfied to qualify as a “meaningful use” of electronic health record technology.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Standalone urgent care strategies

    HCA Holdings is capturing market share in the $15 billion urgent care clinic market field by focusing on acquiring or opening standalone urgent care clinics.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring HCA Holdings’ operating expenses

    With solutions such as flexible staffing and optimal group purchasing provided by Parallon, HCA Holdings has better operating margins as compared to its peers.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    HCA Holdings’ revenue streams

    HCA Holdings’ growth is mainly attributed to the improved quality of services and the company’s market leader position.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    HCA’s diversification strategy

    HCA Holdings’ diversified suite of services enables it to retain patients at their facilities, which bolsters revenues per patient.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Exploring HCA’s ownership structure

    Passive investments account for more than 56% of HCA Holdings’ total ownership structure.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An overview of HCA Holdings

    HCA Holdings went private in 1988 through a leveraged buyout, but it again became a public company in 1992.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Earnings Report

    Community Health Systems: Market share growth strategies

    The company acquires hospitals to create regional networks, especially in states where more of the population is uninsured. By positioning itself to be the network provider in under-penetrated markets, the company can earn higher revenues.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Earnings Report

    The benefits of Community Health Systems’ acquisition strategy

    Community Health Systems acquires two to four hospitals each year as a part of its growth strategy. Reducing duplicate functions at the corporate level reduces overhead salary costs.

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Healthcare reform’s impact on Community Health Systems

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or ACA) and Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act are together called “Reform Legislation.”

    By Margaret Patrick
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Background: Why Community Health Systems delivers decent returns

    Community Health Systems (CYH) has grown its hospital count rapidly in the last three decades. Today, it has the largest hospital network in the US.

    By Margaret Patrick
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