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National Healthcare Corp Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 22, 2011 | About:

National Healthcare Corp (NHC) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

National Healthcare Corp. has a market cap of $624.63 million; its shares were traded at around $46.01 with a P/E ratio of 16.61 and P/S ratio of 0.93. The dividend yield of National Healthcare Corp. stocks is 2.43%. National Healthcare Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 5.2% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated National Healthcare Corp. the business predictability rank of 3.5-star.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns NHC: Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns NHC: Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Long-Term Health Care Centers. The most significant portion of our business and the base for our other long-term health care services is the operation of our skilled nursing centers. In our centers, experienced medical professionals provide medical services prescribed by physicians. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants provide comprehensive, individualized nursing care 24 hours a day. In addition, our centers provide licensed therapy services, quality nutrition services, social services, activities, and housekeeping and laundry services. We own or lease and operate 54 long-term health care centers as of December 31, 2010. We manage 23 centers for third party owners. Revenues from the 54 centers we own or lease are reported as net patient revenues in our financial statements. Management fee income is recorded as other revenues from the 23 facilities that we manage. We generally charge 6% to 7% of facility net revenues for our management services.

Management, Accounting and Financial Services. We provide management services to long-term health care centers, assisted living centers and independent living centers operated by third party owners. We typically charge 6% to 7% of the managed centers revenues as a fee for these services. Additionally, we provide accounting and financial services to other long-term care or related types of entities for small operators or not-for-profit entities. No management services are provided for entities

We provide management services to centers operated under management contracts and offsite accounting and financial services to other owners, all pursuant to separate contracts. The term of each contract and the amount of the management fee or accounting and financial services fee is determined on a case-by-case basis. Typically, we charge 6% to 7% of net revenues of the managed centers for our management contracts and specific item fees for our accounting and financial service agreements. The initial terms of the contracts range from two years to ten years. In certain contracts, we maintain a right of first refusal should the owner desire to sell a managed center.

Changes in certification and participation requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid programs have restricted, and are likely to continue to restrict further, eligibility for reimbursement under those programs. Failure to obtain and maintain Medicare and Medicaid certification at our nursing centers would result in denial of Medicare and Medicaid payments which would likely result in a significant loss of revenue. In addition, private payors, including managed care payors, increasingly are demanding that providers accept discounted payments resulting in lost revenue for specific patients. Efforts to impose reduced payments, greater discounts and more stringent cost controls by government and other payors are expected to continue. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, we derived 42% and 27% of our net patient revenues from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, respectively. Any reforms that significantly limit rates of reimbursement under the Medicare and Medicaid programs could have a material adverse effect on our profitability. We are unable to predict what reform proposals or reimbursement limitations will be adopted in the future or the effect such changes will have on our operations. No assurance can be given that such reforms will not have a material adverse effect on us.

Effective October 1, 2010, the federal RUG rates had a market basket increase of 2.3%. There was also a negative .6 percentage point forecasting error adjustment, generating a net market basket increase of 1.7%. According to CMS, the transition from RUG-III to RUG-IV would be on a budget neutral basis. CMS states RUG-IV is needed to recalibrate the case-mix system after changes in fiscal year 2006 caused payments to skilled nursing centers to exceed budget neutrality estimates. The effect of these rate changes on our revenues is dependent upon our census and the mix of our patients at the PPS pay rates. The PPS rates had a net market basket decrease of 1.1% in 2009 and a net market basket increase of 3.4% in 2008.

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