Universal Health Services Inc

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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Assessing the economy’s impact on national healthcare spending

    National healthcare spending is a major driver of the hospital industry. National spending on hospital care is expected to amount to $973 million.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Earnings Report

    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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What do falling oil prices mean for the hospital industry?

    Economic conditions like falling oil prices affect the healthcare industry with a lag. This makes the hospital industry a good investment option.

    By Margaret Patrick
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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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Must-read: Is the US hospital industry truly non-cyclical?

    The hospital sector is widely considered a non-cyclical or defensive industry, meaning demand for hospital services doesn’t change with the economic cycle.

    By Margaret Patrick
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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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    Earnings Report

    Exploring payer mix trends at HCA Holdings

    In terms of payer mix, the percentage of HCA Holdings revenues contributed by Medicare rose from 28.0% in 3Q13 to 30.3% in 3Q14.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analysts Expect UHS’s 2016 Net Profit Margins to Rise Marginally

    Wall Street analysts have projected that Universal Health Services’ net profit margin will increase marginally from 7.5% in 2015 to 7.6% in 2016.

    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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    Earnings Report

    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The health insurance marketplace affects the hospital industry

    These exchanges—also called “health insurance marketplaces”—sell federally regulated, subsidized health insurance to individuals and small businesses.

    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
  • Healthcare

    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
  • Healthcare

    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
  • Healthcare

    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

    How Has Universal Health Services Fared Compared to Peers?

    Between November 22 and February 21, Universal Health Services stock has risen 19% to reach $117.

    By Kenneth Smith
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Analysts Recommend for Universal Health Services

    Of the 18 analysts covering Universal Health Services in February 2018, five analysts have given the stock a “strong buy” rating, and seven analysts have given it a “buy” 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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Could Trump’s Presidency Affect Hospitals and Insurance?

    The effects of repealing Obamacare Donald Trump is definitely not in favor of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. As he wants to repeal the act completely and replace it with another policy, the hospital sector fell on November 9, the day after the election. Trump believes that providing healthcare facilities to illegal immigrants costs […]

    By Jillian Dabney
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Helped High Yield Bond Issuance Gain Traction Last Week?

    Dollar-denominated high yield debt amounting to $8.2 billion was issued in the week ended May 20, 2016. This was the fourth-largest issuance year-to-date.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Growth in Acute Care Revenues Pressurize UHS’s Valuations?

    Universal Health Services’ acute care revenues rose by 10.9%, from approximately $4.2 billion in 2014 to $4.6 billion, in 2015.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Changes in Behavioral Health Business May Boost UHS’s Valuations

    Universal Health Services’ behavioral health revenues rose by 9.7%, from $4 billion in 2014 to $4.4 billion in 2015.

    By Margaret Patrick
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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 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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    IHF’s Large-Cap Stocks Gave Positive Returns

    The large-cap stocks of the iShares US Healthcare Providers ETF (IHF) rose marginally with a return of 0.35%. They outperformed IHF and SPY.

    By Peter Neil
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SPY Heavy as UnitedHealth Group Forewarned Profit

    The Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF tumbled -1.7% on November 19 after UnitedHealth Group lowered its profit expectations for 2015 and cut its earnings forecast.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Earnings Report

    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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    Earnings Report

    Universal Health Services’ Behavioral Health Segment Is Strong

    Universal Health Services’ behavioral health segment registered 14% growth in total revenue—from $946 million in 1Q14 to $1,076.3 million in 1Q15.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why should you invest in healthcare ETFs?

    Biotechnology funds have performed better than other healthcare ETFs. They invest in companies that use biological processes to produce medical products.

    By Margaret Patrick
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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 is expanding into the UK market

    Universal Health Services entered the UK market by acquiring Cygnet Healthcare, a leading behavioral health provider, in an all-cash deal of $335.0 million.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A closer look at Universal Health Services’ acquisition activity

    Since 2011, the healthcare industry has seen a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, especially in the outpatient medical market.

    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

    Assessing Universal Health Services’ revenue mix and admissions

    Same-facility inpatient admissions and equivalent admissions in the behavioral health services segment increased by 3.2% and 3.5% from 2012 to 2013.

    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

    Exploring Universal Health Services’ major markets

    Universal Health Services (UHS) earns more than 50% of its total revenues from the Texas, Nevada, Florida, California, and District of Columbia markets.

    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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    Earnings Report

    HCA Holdings outpatient services see revenue growth

    HCA Holdings earned 38% of its total revenue from outpatient services in 3Q14. The company also announced the acquisition of CareNow.

    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

    Analyzing the important current trends in hospital admissions

    Hospital admissions are classified in two categories, inpatient admissions and outpatient admissions. Patients who are admitted overnight are inpatients.

    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

    Gauging inflation’s effects on the hospital industry

    Inflation closely relates to the performance of the healthcare industry (XLV), as it affects the rates that hospitals charge and the costs of medical care.

    By Margaret Patrick
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    HCA’s physician recruitment and labor management

    HCA Holdings uses advanced staffing solutions such as creating a centralized float pool of nurses instead of directly hiring nurses for different facilities.

    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

    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’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
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Managed care and 3rd parties dominate for-profit hospital payer mix

    Sources of revenue For-profit hospitals like HCA Holdings (HCA), Tenet Healthcare (THC), Universal Health Services (UHS), and Community Health Systems (CYH) receive payments from federal Medicare, state Medicaid, or similar programs, managed care, third-party payers, and directly from patients. You can reduce your dependence on payment variations from different payers by investing in the Healthcare Select Sector […]

    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
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