Kaiser Permanente operating income grows as membership booms

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente saw revenue and operating income increase in 2016, according to recently released bondholder documents.

Kaiser said operating revenue for its nonprofit hospital and health plan unit climbed 6.4 percent year over year to $64.6 billion in 2016. After factoring in expenses, Kaiser ended 2016 with operating income of $1.9 billion, up from $1.8 billion in the year prior.

Kaiser reported a strong year in health plan membership growth. The system ended 2016 with 10.7 million members, an increase of 4.2 percent from the year prior. After completing its acquisition of Seattle-based health plan Group Health Cooperative Feb. 1, Kaiser's health plan membership now tops 11 million.

In 2016, Kaiser's capital spending increased to $2.8 billion, up slightly from $2.7 billion in 2015. The system opened a new technology campus in Atlanta and 12 new medical offices and two new dental offices last year.  

Fueled by strong nonoperating income, Kaiser reported net income of $3.1 billion in 2016, up from $1.8 billion in 2015.

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