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Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 09, 2010 | About:

Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. (SKH) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2009-12-31.

Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. has a market cap of $225.8 million; its shares were traded at around $6.05 with a P/E ratio of 5.7 and P/S ratio of 0.3. SKH is in the portfolios of Ron Baron of Baron Funds, NWQ Managers of NWQ Investment Management Co.

Highlight of Business Operations:

We have an investment in APSSummit Care Pharmacy, LLC, or APSSummit Care, a limited liability company joint venture, which serves our pharmaceutical needs for a limited number of our Texas operations. APSSummit Care is owned 50% by us and 50% by APS Acquisition, LLC. APSSummit Care operates a pharmacy in Austin, Texas, through which we pay market value for prescription drugs and receive a 50% share of the net income related to this joint venture. The income associated with our joint venture is included in our other segment.

We receive a majority of our revenue from Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicare and Medicaid programs generated approximately 34.8% and 32.2%, respectively, of our revenue for the year ended December 31, 2009 and approximately 36.5% and 31.4%, respectively, of our revenue for the year ended December 31, 2008. Changes in the reimbursement rates or the system governing reimbursement for these programs directly affect our business. In addition, our rehabilitation therapy services, for which we typically receive payment from private payors, are significantly dependent on Medicare and Medicaid funding, as those private payors are often reimbursed by these programs. In recent years, federal and state governments have enacted changes to these programs in response to increasing healthcare costs and budgetary constraints. See Item 1A of this report, Risk FactorsReductions in Medicare reimbursement rates, including annual caps that limit the amounts that can be paid for outpatient therapy services rendered to any Medicare beneficiary, or changes in the rules governing the Medicare program could have a material adverse effect on our revenue, financial condition and results of operations. Our ability to remain certified as a Medicare and Medicaid provider depends on our ability to comply with existing and newly enacted laws or new interpretations of existing laws related to these programs. See Item 1 of this report, BusinessGovernment Regulation.

On August 11, 2009, CMS published its final rule on the fiscal year 2010 per diem payment rates for skilled nursing facilities. Under the final rule, CMS revised and rebased the skilled nursing facility market basket, resulting in a 2.2% market basket increase factor for fiscal year 2010. The fiscal year 2010 market basket adjustment will increase aggregate payments to skilled nursing facilities nationwide by approximately $690.0 million. Additionally, in the final rule, CMS recalibrated the parity adjustment to result in a reduction in payments to skilled nursing facilities by approximately 3.3%, or $1.05 billion. CMS noted that the negative $1.05 billion adjustment described in the final rule will be partially offset by the fiscal year 2010 market basket adjustment factor of 2.2%, or $690.0 million, with a net result of a reduction in payments to skilled nursing facilities of approximately $360.0 million. However, pending federal health reform legislative proposals may eliminate the market basket update provided in the final rule, which elimination could lead to a further reduction in payments to skilled nursing facilities. Given the substantial uncertainty surrounding federal health reform efforts, it is impossible to predict the likelihood of the elimination of the market basket update or any other proposed reductions in payments to skilled nursing facilities. Should federal health reform legislation or subsequent regulatory activities result in the reduction of payments to skilled nursing facilities, the loss of revenue associated with future changes in skilled nursing facility payments could, in the future, have an adverse impact on our financial condition or results of operations.

On August 6, 2009, CMS announced a final rule increasing Medicare payments to hospices in fiscal year 2010 by 1.4%, or approximately $170.0 million. CMS said the final rule reflects a 2.1% increase in the market basket, offset by a 0.7% decrease in payments to hospices due to a revised phase out of the wage index budget neutrality adjustment factor, starting with a 10% reduction in fiscal year 2010 and a 15% reduction each year from fiscal year 2011 through fiscal year 2016. The fiscal year 2010 hospice payment rates are effective for care and services furnished on or after October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010.

Under Medicaid, most state expenditures for medical assistance are matched by the federal government. The federal medical assistance percentage, or FMAP, which is the percentage of Medicaid expenses paid by the federal government, ranged from 50% to 76% in fiscal year 2008, depending on the state in which the program was administered. In response to the economic downturn, Section 5001 of Division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA, provides for a temporary increase in FMAP rates for Medicaid and certain other federal programs. The purposes of the increases to the FMAP rates are to provide fiscal relief to states and to protect and maintain state Medicaid and certain other assistance programs in a period of economic downturn, referred to as the recession adjustment period. The recession adjustment period is defined as the period beginning October 1, 2008 and ending December 31, 2010. During this recession adjustment period, each states FMAP rate will be recalculated on a quarterly basis, based on a calculation formula set forth in Section 5001 of ARRA that increases FMAP rates based in part on unemployment levels within a state. For example, for pre-ARRA fiscal year 2009, FMAP rates ranged from 50% to 76%; by contrast, under the ARRA FMAP increases, FMAP rates for fiscal year 2009 ranged from 56% to 84%. For federal fiscal year 2009 in the states in which we currently operate, pre-ARRA FMAP rates ranged between 50% and 71%; and post-ARRA FMAP rates ranged between 62% and 79%. Thus, for federal fiscal year 2009, an additional 8% to 12% of Medicaid funds were provided by the federal government. These enhanced FMAP rates under ARRA will continue to be recalculated on a quarterly basis through December 31, 2010, and changes in a states unemployment rate could affect the ARRA-adjusted FMAP rates. It is unclear what further FMAP enhancements, if any, will follow the December 31, 2010 end of the recession adjustment period. The federal fiscal year 2011 FMAP rates in the states in which we currently operate range between 50% and 70%.

Under current law, taxes imposed on providers may not exceed 6.0% of total revenue and must be applied uniformly across all healthcare providers in the same class. Beginning January 1, 2008 through September 30, 2011, that maximum was reduced to 5.5%.

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