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Hospital giants brace for rough Q3 earnings

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 29, 2017

Big hospital chains like HCA and Tenet expect to see a dent in their third-quarter earnings thanks to hurricanes and soft admissions. While hurricane damage may be a short-term issue, sinking admissions are here to stay industrywide.

South Florida snag makes HCA an unlikely suitor for Tenet

South Florida snag makes HCA an unlikely suitor for Tenet

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 15, 2017

HCA is large enough to buy Tenet Healthcare. But antitrust regulators are likely to cast a wary eye toward HCA combining its 14 hospitals in South Florida with Tenet's 10 hospitals there.

Hospital volumes laid low by high-deductible health plans

Hospital volumes laid low by high-deductible health plans

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 10, 2017

Patients avoiding elective surgeries and other procedures because of skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs were cited by hospital chains as a primary cause of softening hospital volumes in the second quarter.

Editorial: Tax reform is going nowhere

Editorial: Tax reform is going nowhere

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 07, 2017

In a rational political environment, there's a strong argument for tax reform—the next item on President Donald Trump's agenda. But we don't live in such an environment. Cutting taxes when the economy is near full employment will do nothing more than blow a massive hole in the federal budget.

HCA feels pinch of slowing admissions

By Dave Barkholz  |  July 25, 2017

HCA posted flat earnings in its second quarter as growth in admissions and emergency room visits slowed to a meager 1% at the nation's largest hospital chain.

HCA to offer new debt to fund planned acquisitions

HCA to offer new debt to fund planned acquisitions

By Alex Kacik  |  June 08, 2017

Nashville-based HCA is offering new debt to help fund previously announced acquisitions, including its $725 million buyout of three Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospitals in Houston.

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