Kaiser's net income surges to $2B in Q2

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Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente's revenue, operating income and net income for its nonprofit hospital and health plan units increased year over year in the second quarter of 2019.

The healthcare giant reported operating revenue of $21.4 billion in the second quarter of this year, up 9.3 percent from $19.6 billion in the same period a year prior.

Kaiser's health plan unit — as well as favorable accounting estimates compared to the second quarter of 2018 — contributed to the growth. Kaiser saw health plan membership increase from 12.2 million as of June 30, 2018, to 12.3 million as of June 30.

As Kaiser's revenue grew, so did operating expenses. Expenses climbed from $19.3 billion in the second quarter of 2018 to $20.3 billion in the second quarter of 2019.

With operating expenses accounted for, Kaiser reported operating income of $1.1 billion in the second quarter of 2019. That's up from $345 million in the second quarter of 2018.

Kaiser's nonoperating income was $930 million in the second quarter of this year, up from $308 million in the same period a year prior.

The boost was attributable to strong investment performance, along with an accounting change that took effect Jan. 1, the organization said. Under the accounting change, Kaiser reported unrealized gains on certain equities as net nonoperating income, which added $223 million to the organization's nonoperating income and expenses in the second quarter of 2019.

Kaiser ended the second quarter of 2019 with net income of $2 billion. That's up more than 213 percent from its net income of $653 million in the second quarter of last year.

"Strong results are essential for us to deliver on our nonprofit mission to improve affordability while advancing our high-quality care and service for our members and customers. This also allows us to make strategic investments in technology, people and care facilities," said Kaiser Executive Vice President and CFO Kathy Lancaster. "At the same time, it's critical we remain fiscally vigilant in today's increasingly competitive environment with growing industry and financial pressures."

 

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