- Healthcare reform is producing positive financial benefits for publicly traded hospitals, if early Q2 earnings releases are any indication of what to expect from other systems when they report quarterly earnings. LifePoint Hospitals on Friday reported a 44.3% increase in income from continuing operations for the second quarter and raised its financial projections for the full year. The publicly traded chain attributed the results to volume growth, expense management, new acquisitions and a better-than-expected benefit from healthcare reform. Universal Health Services, which also held an earnings call Friday, similarly attributed an earnings improvement in its acute-care business to healthcare reform. LifePoint reported second-quarter income of $39.1 million on revenue of $1 billion compared with $27.1 million on revenue of $894.9 million in the year-ago period.
Early Q2 financials signal an Obamacare boost for hospitals
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