Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Snapper reported that GAAP net income of $0.09 per diluted share was significantly impacted by a $15 million reserve taken by the company in the fourth quarter against the anticipated disposition of the Department of Justice civil investigation that has been ongoing since 2006. Commenting on the reserve, Mr. Christensen added, "We view this reserve and the move toward a possible settlement as a positive for Ensign, and hope that the outstanding operating results posted by our field leaders in the face of enormous obstacles this year will not be lost in the noise that can sometimes surround such discussions."Operating results for the year came in the midst of an unprecedented 11.1% reduction in Medicare rates to skilled nursing facilities, as well as a simultaneous change in therapy regulations that increased the cost of delivering physical and other types of therapy to skilled nursing patients, all of which went into effect in late 2011.
The Ensign Group Reports Quarterly Earnings Up 27%; Adjusted Earnings Of $0.61 Per Share; Issues 2013 Guidance
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