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Ventas Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

July 30, 2010 | About:
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Ventas Inc. (VTR) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2010-06-30.

Ventas Inc. has a market cap of $7.9 billion; its shares were traded at around $50.38 with a P/E ratio of 18.7 and P/S ratio of 8.5. The dividend yield of Ventas Inc. stocks is 4.2%. Ventas Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 4.8% over the past 10 years.VTR is in the portfolios of Ken Heebner of CAPITAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT LP, Chris Davis of Davis Selected Advisers, Pioneer Investments, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, Jeremy Grantham of GMO LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors.

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On May 4, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule updating the prospective payment system for long-term acute care hospitals (LTAC PPS) for the 2011 fiscal year (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011). Under the proposed rule, the LTAC PPS standard federal payment rate would decrease by 0.1% in fiscal year 2011, reflecting a 2.4% increase in the market basket index, less a 2.5% adjustment to account for an increase in case-mix in fiscal year 2008 and 2009 that CMS attributes to changes in documentation and coding practices, rather than patient severity. However, due to the timing of the proposed rule in relation to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the proposed rule did not reflect statutory changes made by that legislation. Accordingly, on June 2, 2010, CMS published a supplement to the May 4, 2010 proposed rule to address certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Among other things, the supplemental proposed rule updates the increase in the market basket index for fiscal year 2011 to 1.9%, reflecting the 50 basis point reduction required by the Affordable Care Act. Despite the decrease in the LTAC PPS standard federal payment rate, CMS estimates that net payments to long-term acute care hospitals under the supplemental proposed rule would increase by approximately $13 million, or 0.3%, in fiscal year 2011 due to area wage adjustments, as well as increases in high-cost and short-stay outlier payments.

On June 25, 2010, CMS placed on public display its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule for the 2011 calendar year. Under the proposed rule, reimbursement rates for outpatient therapy under Part B, including therapy provided in skilled nursing facilities, would be reduced by approximately 10% (net of a recent 2.2% rate increase enacted as part of other legislation).

On July 16, 2010, CMS placed on public display its proposed rule updating the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities (SNF PPS) for the 2011 fiscal year (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011). Under the proposed rule, the update to the SNF PPS standard federal payment rate for skilled nursing facilities includes a 2.3% increase in the market basket index for the 2011 fiscal year. The proposed rule also provides a 0.6% adjustment due to an overestimated increase in the market basket index for the 2009 fiscal year. CMS estimates that net payments to skilled nursing facilities as a result of the market basket increase and the adjustment under the proposed rule would increase by approximately $542 million, or 1.7%, in fiscal year 2011.

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