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Q4 Earnings Call Red Alert: HCA strives to increase patient acuity stats (billing rates) without addressing low staffing levels

On a recent investor call reporting 2022 earnings, HCA announced its ambition to increase patient acuity without increasing staffing: “Our hospitals have the same fixed cost regardless of the acuity in many instances. And so if we can increase the acuity, we get operating leverage from that. So strategically that’s a very important initiative of ours,” CEO Sam Hazen told analysts.

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