Not every hospital system has fallen victim to the financing issues that came along with the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have managed to pull themselves up and managed to land in the zone of firm financial ratings. Moody’s Investor Service, S&P Global Ratings, and Fitch Ratings got together to rank the financial status of several different hospital systems. Here’s their top ten.
Top Ten Health Care Systems With Strong Financial Ratings
“Advocate Aurora Health, which has dual headquarters in Milwaukee and Downers Grove, Ill., has an “Aa3” rating and positive outlook with Moody’s and an “AA” rating and stable outlook with S&P. Moody’s said it expects Advocate Aurora to maintain low leverage, a favorable liquidity position and healthy long-term margins, despite the near-term impact from COVID-19.”
“Phoenix-based Banner Health has an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with Fitch and an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with S&P. The health system has a strong financial profile and growing financial stability in its insurance division, Fitch said. Notwithstanding the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, Fitch expects Banner’s improvement to operating margins will resume and continue to support spending levels and liquidity growth.”
“Cincinnati-based Bon Secours Mercy Health has an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with Fitch. The health system has a broad geographic footprint, a good payer mix and a strong financial profile, Fitch said. The credit rating agency anticipates that Bon Secours Mercy Health will increase capital spending over the next three years due to strategic investments in its expanded markets.”
“Omaha, Neb.-based Children’s Hospital and Medical Center has an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with Fitch. The hospital has a dominant market position as the only comprehensive pediatric provider in Nebraska, and its operating cash flow levels are robust enough to absorb any short-term pressure related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fitch said.”
“Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with Fitch. The rating agency said Kaiser has a leading market share in California and other key markets, and its operational profile is arguably the most emulated model of healthcare delivery in the nation.”
“Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare System has an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with Fitch. The health system has a strong financial profile, robust operating performance and a leading market position in a favorable service area, Fitch said.”
“New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with S&P. The hospital has robust fundraising capabilities, an advantageous payer mix and has expanded its ambulatory footprint, providing additional revenue diversity, S&P said.”
“Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital has an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with Fitch. The hospital has a leading market position in a growing service area, robust historical operating cash flow levels and a strong liquidity position, Fitch said.”
“Stanford (Calif.) Health Care has an “Aa3″ rating and stable outlook with Moody’s. The health system has unique clinical offerings and a strong reputation for patient care and research, according to Moody’s. The credit rating agency expects Stanford Health Care to maintain strong patient demand and grow absolute cash flow over the next several years.”
“Arlington-based Virginia Hospital Center has an “AA-” rating and stable outlook with Fitch. The credit rating agency expects Virginia Hospital Center’s strong operating performance to continue after the market recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Want to See Your System on This List?
While there are a number of things involved in getting your healthcare system on better financial ground, you can start by clearing up your aged claims. These claims – the ones that your billing department sent out to commercial health insurance companies that have gone through their three state-level appeals unpaid – can have Federal ERISA appeals filed on them. Contact us to get started!