HCA Healthcare Returning $6 Billion In Federal Coronavirus Aid

It’s rare when a company returns federal money. It’s rarer still when that money amounts to billions of dollars. Yet that’s the situation with top U.S. hospital operator HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA), which aims to return gobs of government largesse from whence it came.

All told, HCA announced that it’s planning to return roughly $6 billion, $1.6 billion of which consists of federal COVID-19 grants and $4.4 billion in Medicare loans. Both were provided as part of the government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) passed in the early stages of the current pandemic.

HCA benefited from the loans and grants bestowed upon operators of healthcare facilities to help keep them afloat.

The company will pay those funds back because it continues to thrive, even though many elective surgeries have been postponed or canceled in the face of the coronavirus.

Last week HCA published a “preview” of its Q3 of fiscal 2020 results, indicating year-over-year revenue growth approaching 5%, to an estimated $13.3 billion. It is also projecting only a relatively modest drop in profitability, with non-GAAP (adjusted) EBITDA — earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization — sliding to around $2.03 billion from the year-ago result of almost $2.29 billion.

“During the early days of the pandemic, the Company took a conservative approach which included a number of actions to meet the operational and financial challenges this global health crisis was expected to present,” HCA explained in the press release heralding the preliminary Q3 figures.

The company did not provide a timetable as to when it would repay the federal grants and loans.

Tuesday was a good day for HCA stock; it rose by almost 2.1%, against the 0.6% drop of the S&P 500 index.

This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool.

Eric Volkman has no position

Patient Safety And Risk Management Software Market Size Worth $3.1 Billion By 2027: Grand View Research, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  The global patient safety and risk management software market size is expected to reach USD 3.1 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 11.0%, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The increasing need for efficient patient safety and risk assessment solutions to increase the efficiency of the healthcare providers and rising government initiatives to promote healthcare IT and improve the healthcare infrastructure are the key factors driving the market growth. Furthermore, the increasing occurrence of cyber-attacks on electronic health records is expected to boost the revenue growth of this market over the forecast period.

Key suggestions from the report:

  • The increasing incidence of medical errors is expected to be the major factor driving the market
  • The risk management and safety solutions segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 67.4% in 2019, owing to the development of the solutions to effectively monitor patient safety
  • The Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 12.5% in 2019, owing to the increasing patient population and increased adoption of technology in healthcare facilities.

Read 90 page research report with ToC on “Patient Safety And Risk Management Software Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Software Type, By End User (Hospitals, Ambulatory Care Centers, Long-term Care Centers), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 – 2027  ” at: https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/patient-safety-risk-management-software-market

Based on software type, the risk management and safety solutions segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 67.4% in 2019. One of the key factors contributing to the increase in demand for such solutions is to monitor the safety of patients and improve organizational growth, therefore waiving off risk factors. On the other hand, the governance, risk, and compliance

Apple sees $81 billion in market value erased as it unveils its first 5G iPhones



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Apple tumbled as much as 4% on Tuesday as the company unveiled its latest iPhones.

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The tech giant revealed its first 5G-capable lineup of phones spread across four new models. The iPhone 12 will be available in a 6.1-inch size and as a 5.4-inch variant deemed the iPhone 12 mini. The premium iPhone 12 Pro will be sold in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes. The new phones will also boast more durable screens, upgraded cameras, and a faster processor.

Shares traded at an intraday loss before the event but slid further after the reveal began at 1 p.m. ET. At the stock’s intraday low of $119.65 per share, Apple saw $81 billion erased from its market capitalization.

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The company also revealed the HomePod mini, a smaller and less expensive alternative to its smart speaker. The new speaker launches in November for $99.

Though much of the event brought highly anticipated additions to the new generation of iPhones, some elements of the launch may have rankled consumers. For one, the phones will be the first to lack wired earbuds and a power adapter in the box. Apple touted the items’ exclusion as a major step toward reaching full carbon neutrality.

Analysts expect the new iPhones to drive a stronger-than-usual cycle of upgrades among Apple customers. The inclusion of 5G marks the first major step forward in iPhone’s cellular technology since the iPhone 5 was released in 2013. The iPhone 12 also introduces the first major design overhaul for the handset since the iPhone X’s 2017 release.

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WTO says EU can put tariffs on $4 billion of US goods

GENEVA (AP) — International arbitrators said Tuesday that the European Union can impose tariffs and other penalties on up to $4 billion worth of U.S. goods and services over illegal American support for plane maker Boeing. The move further sours transatlantic ties at a time when the coronavirus has doused trade and savaged economies.

The ruling by the World Trade Organization arbitrators, which could inflame Trump administration criticism of the Geneva-based body, amounts to one of the largest penalties handed down by the WTO.

It comes a year after another ruling authorized the United States to slap penalties on EU goods worth up to $7.5 billion – including Gouda cheese, single-malt whiskey and French wine – over the bloc’s support for Boeing rival Airbus.

Now the EU can have its own turn at trade punishment, and has already been considering which American products it could target. A preliminary list that the bloc has released suggests it could go after a wide range of products including frozen fish and shellfish, dried fruit, tobacco, rum and vodka, handbags, motorcycle parts and tractors.


In the past in trade disputes, the EU has sought to roughly match products affected by previous American sanctions — such as by hitting U.S. distillers if French wines were targeted. The bloc could aim for areas where Boeing planes or parts are made.

The latest WTO decision is final, cannot be appealed, and puts the final word on a standoff dating back to 2006. It is just one part of a string of long-running disputes between the two plane-making giants at the WTO. And it sets the stage for what could become intense negotiation between the EU and U.S. to end what could become tit-for-tat transatlantic sanctions.

The arbitrators were tasked with setting a dollar value in sanctions such

AU$7.4 billion tied up in active Australian government IT projects

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) in early 2017 was charged with looking into the structures of existing Australian government high-cost technology projects over AU$10 million.

Previously, the agency would provide status reports on these projects but that information is no longer provided freely.

Documents received by ZDNet under freedom of information (FOI) in January revealed there were 62 active tech-related projects above AU$10 million underway by the federal government, but the details surrounding how much has been spent to date — and how many of the projects went above the budgeted amount — were refused under the FOI.

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In its Annual Report 2019-20 [PDF] published this week, the DTA revealed the total amount of funds tied up in government IT projects, although that figure only accounts for funds as of January 2020.

As of January, AU$7.4 billion was tied up in active government IT projects. AU$1.5 billion was also listed as the value for new proposals.

There were 36 agencies engaged with on 50 digital and IT-enabled initiatives and 26 agencies engaged with on 48 in-flight projects.

“We engaged with 26 entities on 48 in-flight projects and related activities to promote better practice project management methods and support project teams to realise intended benefits,” the DTA added under the header of in-flight achievements related to its target of providing advice and guidance on design and delivery of digital and IT projects.

“We engaged regularly with departments and agencies seeking advice, guidance and support for their efforts to apply the Digital Service Standard and the service design and delivery process to their service transformation efforts.”

The DTA also said, under achievements, that it has continued its work with agencies and provided independent assurance for major digital investments as part