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Tenet Healthcare Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 28, 2012 | About:
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Tenet Healthcare Corp. (THC) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Tenet Health has a market cap of $2.51 billion; its shares were traded at around $5.65 with a P/E ratio of 14.8 and P/S ratio of 0.3. Tenet Health had an annual average earning growth of 10.9% over the past 5 years.

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The amount of our managed care net patient revenues during the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 was $5.2 billion, $5.0 billion and $4.9 billion, respectively. Approximately 62% of our managed care net patient revenues for the year ended December 31, 2011 was derived from our top ten managed care payers. National payers generate approximately 44% of our total net managed care revenues. The remainder comes from regional or local payers. At December 31, 2011 and 2010 approximately 55% and 57%, respectively, of our net accounts receivable related to continuing operations were due from managed care payers.

Our estimated costs (based on selected operating expenses, which include salaries, wages and benefits, supplies and other operating expenses) of caring for our self-pay patients for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 were approximately $406 million, $377 million and $365 million, respectively. We also provide charity care to patients who are financially unable to pay for the health care services they receive. Most patients who qualify for charity care are charged a per-diem amount for services received, subject to a cap. Except for the per-diem amounts, our policy is not to pursue collection of amounts determined to qualify as charity care; therefore, we do not report these amounts in net operating revenues. Most states include an estimate of the cost of charity care in the determination of a hospitals eligibility for Medicaid DSH payments. Revenues attributable to DSH payments and other state-funded subsidy payments for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 were approximately $260 million, $181 million and $171 million, respectively. These payments are intended to mitigate our cost of uncompensated care, as well as reduced Medicaid funding levels. Our estimated costs (based on the selected operating expenses described above) of caring for charity care patients for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 were $125 million, $120 million and $118 million, respectively. Our method of measuring the estimated costs uses adjusted self-pay/charity patient days multiplied by selected operating expenses per adjusted patient day. The adjusted self-pay/charity patient days represents actual self-pay/charity patient days adjusted to include self-pay/charity outpatient services by multiplying actual self-pay/charity patient days by the sum of gross self-pay/charity inpatient revenues and gross self-pay/charity outpatient revenues and dividing the results by gross self-pay/charity inpatient revenues.

The provision for doubtful accounts as a percentage of net operating revenues before provision for doubtful accounts was 7.6% for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to 8.0% for the year ended December 31, 2010. Key factors contributing to the change in the provision for doubtful accounts for the year ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 include (i) a $21 million decrease in revenues from the uninsured in the 2011 period compared to the same period in 2010, (ii) a $12 million favorable adjustment in the 2011 period for Medicare bad debts to be claimed on our cost reports compared to $37 million in the 2010 period, and (iii) a lower collection rate on self-pay accounts in the 2011 period compared to the 2010 period. Our self-pay collection rate, which is the blended collection rate for uninsured and balance-after insurance accounts receivable, declined to approximately 27.8% as of December 31, 2011 from 28.3% as of December 31, 2010.

The provision for doubtful accounts as a percentage of net operating revenues before provision for doubtful accounts was 8.0% for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to 7.7% for the year ended December 31, 2009. The increase in the provision for doubtful accounts is primarily due to a 180 basis point decline in our collection rate on self-pay accounts, a $19 million increase in uninsured revenues and higher pricing. These items were partially offset by $37 million of favorable adjustments for Medicare bad debts that we claimed on our Medicare cost reports and improved managed care accounts receivable balances by aging category. Our self-pay collection rate, which is the blended collection rate for uninsured and balance-after insurance accounts receivable, declined to approximately 28.3% as of December 31, 2010 from 30.1% as of December 31, 2009.

Our consolidated operating results for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009 include $908 million, $874 million and $856 million, respectively, of net operating revenues and $115 million, $94 million and $99 million, respectively, of operating income generated from four general hospitals operated by us under lease arrangements. In accordance with GAAP, the applicable buildings and the future lease obligations under these arrangements are not recorded on our consolidated balance sheet as they are considered operating leases. The current terms of these leases expire between 2014 and 2027, not including lease extensions that we have options to exercise. If these leases expire, we would no longer generate revenue or expenses from these hospitals.

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