For-profit hospital giant Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) continues to post strong earnings even as the industry contends with the complex, myriad, and expensive mandates around healthcare reform, lower inpatient admissions, and reduced Medicare reimbursements.
For the third quarter of 2013, the Nashville-based company reported:
Not surprisingly, HCA Chairman/CEO Richard M. Bracken said in prepared remarks that he was "pleased with the results of the third quarter." He credited the company's "many clinical and operating initiatives continue to position our facilities to effectively compete in this changing healthcare environment."
HCA reported that revenue per equivalent admission increased 3.9% in the third quarter of 2013—a 3.4% increase on a same hospital basis, reflecting increasing acuity and changes in payer mix. Same facility inpatient surgeries increased 2.9% while same facility outpatient surgeries increased 0.4% compared to 3Q 2012.