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EHC Encompass Health

Participants
Crissy Carlisle Chief Investor Relations Officer
Mark Tarr President and Chief Executive Officer
Doug Coltharp Chief Financial Officer
April Anthony Chief Executive Officer-Home Health and Hospice
Barb Jacobsmeyer President Inpatient Hospitals
Patrick Darby General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Whit Mayo UBS
Brian Tanquilut Jefferies
A.J. Rice Credit Suisse
Matt Larew William Blair
Kevin Fischbeck Bank of America
Frank Morgan RBC Capital Markets
Andrew Mok Barclays.
Pito Chickering Deutsche Ba
Scott Fidel Stephens.
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Operator

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Encompass Health Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, I would like to inform all participants that their lines will be in a listen-only mode. After the speakers’ remarks, there will be a question-and-answer period. [Operator Instructions] Today’s conference call is being recorded.

If you have any objections, you may disconnect at this time. the Relations to Officer. turn Health's Carlisle, now Investor Chief will call Crissy over Encompass I

Crissy Carlisle

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Mark Tarr

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our Our for $XXX segments. that revenues business for targets This issued We and consolidated prospects consolidated adjusted operating release. per to and EBITDA of Yesterday, These accompanies flow. cash in X% of consolidated $X.XX. long-term good make targets to for to company, million on see net substantial strong financial our XX% $X.XX of to the XXXX billion million confident us. the the $XXX X% both to opportunities EBITDA supplemental made of our remain its longer included includes for our net billion for strength and X% adjusted guidance organization, and adjusted initial can supported XX CAGR XX% are $X investments CAGR the share revenues will to We our our of to growth a term earnings and free consolidated which for X% outlook feel an Page we team you before have operating adjusted earnings businesses. and very in information foundation lie $X.XX we continue CAGR by the that about

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Doug Coltharp

good Thanks, Mark, and morning, everyone.

As XXXX on XXXX and we year in before the pleased with initially of that our free began and as Mark segments. increasing levels May of cash consolidated primarily X.X% with X. the suspension XX.X% did beginning with recovered to And to half our quarter both performance the in our census segment, returning of EBITDA inpatient high of stated, operating XXXX year. X.X%. X.X%, we quarter adjusted consolidated up the for year, substantially fourth throughout adjusted acuity are positive discharge revenues our starting adjusted of to levels impacted second were note of net the than was expected XX.X% rehabilitation We actually March. sequestration the in significantly flow per volumes the of strong as higher XXXX being generate in Patient EPS continue of higher Inpatient flow rehabilitation due In revenue cash higher. well the patients free

discharge compared debt in suspension the increased million related X.X% prior and stay, year-over-year mix of segment claims. receivable to discussed of the quarter revenue of resulted decrease a experienced period X.X% per PPE. higher which a we reimbursement cost fourth medical acuity driven to increase as bad an have in resulted a increase average related margin. resulted EBITDA of quarter to patient the $X.X discharges of in by EBITDA balances primarily rates expense, XXXX, to primarily However, revenue Specific our increase from we increases to fourth bad sequestration. XXXX review rehabilitation in in to and compared due our the reserves and XXXX, previously, primarily and our XXXX denied group in perform expense pricing. inpatient and that accounts debt length decreased used a of in we fourth in Adjusted quarter in In in XXXX Growth of

expense Our bad for for we initial and provided year in the X.X% to XXXX that of XXXX. expect range we debt full range guidance for was debt to X.X% the within be X.X% year a

of Turning COVID our episodes the restrictions, from patients home came the and Limitations procedures, have senior Hospice acute that and skilled Health year and for growth limited also and X.X% XXXX gate quarter out elective access declined health We in starts and living we facilities our care segment, nursing XXXX. of out skilled facility elective Home from procedures where levels episodes during of on with in senior to states admissions in our the with prior X.X%. living January of of line strong spite facilities, XX% from over February concentrations exited market up our the XX% surges XX% business of fact year hospitals. in receiving starts in nursing

third an were confer average quarter, fourth impacted our day the the per related on into [coded] quarter further there addition, admissions. to ability XX% increase represented which employees during quarantines and a average In referrals XXX over

continued the fourth team year. home to XX.X% contributing well, Our to of EBITDA health growth quarter costs manage adjusted prior over

coupled compensation with improvement Our changes of in was the our made X% XXXX staff. with down in visit productivity cost May per the time driver the primary of we almost full this structure

isolations start we and growth involves our quarantines. of XXXX, both related As and volume replacement to in joint orthopedic we return cases. And return extremity believe of segments lower mitigation COVID

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we the XXXX to So constraints least we gap] believe our XXXX. will staffing X, of staffing at focus At regard when levels hospital same see continue provide wage the [audio through normalizing remain half of will price expenses, employees we and begin our to Medicare reduced We capacity year on With to volumes. received increases we did effective October first and to elevated thereafter. fiscal to time managing X.X%. increase

increases, procedures. inflationary due We employee general visits medical to rebound and deferred well to X% increase costs to X% expect as the XXXX of in benefit as

our do saw lower to higher levels, in from PPE pre-COVID vendors expect the not continue primary, XXXX cost pricing to return increase. expect we While to we priced to as subside we do allocations

PPE expect continue elevated throughout to We remain precautions utilization XXXX. as

Hospice development will incur ramp hospitals also our costs Home institutional of admissions normalization segment, with mix of pre-opening our increasing focus of of Health in procedures million We $XX on and the early accelerate. primary $XX and to new expected to up continue is patients. the In associated return million XXXX with elective activities as and and our

XXXX. the maintain changes from to structure expect the in savings compensation We realized enacted

discipline, compensation will which we volume. of visit lead increased the home total to health approximately the comprises our for staff XX% across country the rates nursing However, anticipate nursing challenges

the mitigate be these LPN will We expect the through supported to planning of Metalogics by optimization, portion increases a and care tool. improved that care

our earlier, we targets growth the we stated investments structure company, we longer the to Mark growth. As for believe in and support term reinstated have have capital our

business that one of generate cash levels consistently high that We our are characteristics model flow. free fortunate of of the we is

a to year free five base XXXX our CAGR the half our next cash confidence high in of and cash years X% in target X% is flow. Our adjusted flow expected free over reinforces

our net leverage a spaced. well the are manageable maturities X.X And times debt very was Our year end.

We lines operator, With will the financially future. the well for that, we are positioned for operationally open and Q&A.

Operator

Instructions] Thank to do follow-up. Again, to limit ask you. we question yourself [Operator one and one

Our first question Whit comes of from Mayo the line UBS. of

Mark Tarr

Hello Whit.

Doug Coltharp

Good morning Whit.

Whit Mayo

at in is momentum home it levels, XXXX. thanks. fourth the really for health above half the noticeable look imply and I like the when question performance look seems I And at the my you are fourth growing XXXX. visit, like seem year-over-year, coming now. EBITDA Hey, tailwinds just now business pre-COVID up quarter would first have and the quarter XX% some some below then tracking I feels forecasts it cost of for one some, to into When significantly per is into there coming which tracking right

and what it between are how And little thinking have there of within disconnect Thanks. comment near-term how could be range. initiatives just the visits full episode a may little trend, bit implied the could that year then more if you is of feels maybe a field per the of on like trends? a about bit in versus some those you may performance direction the the So perhaps you the and

Mark Tarr

I give April on ask Could insights to that. her

April Anthony

Sure.

[indiscernible] the volume with team job And mentioned, snippets, done think other I of senior sources. we Doug good this perspective. really continue So on pretty our mentioned, seeing let are replacing encouraged -- from as and in we trending, the you as our volume well if in as December are direction the patients, look a certainly we in on we in the right about appreciate volume has trend perspectives. what side, as that shifts, a And living spite to our

encouraged And of believe all those so and we that that released, of are impacts once that to relatively pressure we return us, the the COVID obviously historical about COVID think and will driven very some sources short is lived. are,

are is make continuing Doug discipline. the nursing we we changes exists, concerned just that visit has visit the by third But in go you nurses the costs that up going see there. and like that And the that just our fourth made and quarter. per well to us discipline. aren't encouraged, structure We cost that that as about in in of community mentioned, nursing shortage visit feel the compensation per also May in back opportunity been exacerbated about COVID And cost per in served

implementation it other related didn't as I So staffing out wasn't distractions. the look feel have we an get were at deck, the the -- so year we the down we not quarter anomaly, relates the to made the and there you improvements seeing as the carefully many have Metalogics this And global pressure there. is course nice slide I year this in given And good that has of finally are about anticipated, we because would we that room successful [indiscernible] if visits But cautiously are as didn't changes in there that think we But also managing our mid we been of had would the per COVID we from we we risk. discipline. have optimistic bit think volume, much provided, of data the the fast the come so nursing really year made. on episode it focus, but anticipated, a progress obviously, I have year. as incrementing, over then, say being gate a second and deployed over until recognize as

with some opportunities leverage And using effectiveness we those see going so XXXX further which are we into tools. certainly the

about to of predict what's volume. about over here are And trajectory year we in sure But yes, also on the momentum think because can take so XXXX. I happen the that us. into costs. that those COVID the encouraged impacts and risk first can't fully we the recognize -- not relative We going behind cautiously to is the optimistic, are we quite And the nursing we are not half

optimistic -- But are think And are produce, are keep hard have forward, are able we pressing so been sustain those. just going by encouraged margins to -- the the I we keeping we we are projection. to going tone in keep us we cautiously to we our and to work

Whit Mayo

-- directionally, us nursing this you give for number any that is the it have can discipline, marker we per anything to across of they contemplated look forward? plan Can to kind a there your going maybe the for within any visit inflation way costs a year maybe circle what --

April Anthony

to disciplines Well, like reflected there. a in may look to if nursing imbalance wage same where will increases [group]. allocated think nursing of lesser proportion obviously, those be you increases wage are and it that disproportionately our X% we specifically X% discipline, in the across the the you But guidance, at we rate some not supply that board higher demand therapy see

Whit Mayo

thanks. Okay,

Operator

next Your of question Brian Tanquilut comes from line of Jefferies. the

Mark Tarr

Hey Brian. good morning

Brian Tanquilut

morning. Good

So the at that might What disappointment question of that you do terms you and how you, color for driving I are, at looked I have I that guidance delta are and And what today? the there? you you street am missed? on give look have sure guess, some of about, you numbers mean names can the in the parts thinking guidance investors any just moving is where street as my where Dough is, your think

Doug Coltharp

of the to differential. our Yes. It's our enough for -- built I aren't me guidance to from budgets detailed areas enough, that be is models will brick-by-brick of budget. driven-off are analysts the to painstaking aren't bottoms fashion the the up. of specific so models in point our say detailed most a able And

$XX impact guidance. costs be suffice medical expenses like Having the first ramp year, of have and I in more to visibility I goes think million side up our the some of provision that, I things COVID that I and new of complete to of think areas there with group to analysts will business. So the particularly on hospital of areas had volumes relates And in our said not the regarding expectations think those differences. may the the our associated that substantial employee as to half expenses say may benefits, of into the detail both our some in that activity, primary $XX into is normalization million of pre-opening point the would the some [indiscernible] just the of the

Brian Tanquilut

of Got then guess, of you. are you ranges? the And Mark, the goal I the for progression to sort tweak – how in thinking you so back whether endpoint XXXX And revenues your or the guidance get about, it's earnings recovery business? pace long-term of terms or these is growth that the an you indication about of revised what of fundamentals kind are then thinking your to belief the in And to targets? long-term

Mark Tarr

in our terms for that typical we've beds to look continue the long-term XX are the I robust our of semi the Health growth and demand on right staff are us, reflect rebound year, on business, mentioned of given pipeline, year, targets announced now, bullish out terms Doug that got in and to having will Brian, operating and for in quarantine would caps got we've opportunities for already meeting eight that this the Home our for that Hospice. Yes, to this there coming that we of past grow hospitals very we've mean, the now next the year, capacity acquisitions opportunities the we have confidence And private the are experiencing very come we are for our in numbers hospitals we I demand seasonal continue services. all think challenges. the -- in seen both segments, in opportunity and

have to So longer there the in outline fundamentals these are growth targets our that term provide we here.

Doug Coltharp

and done the last same And base And add reflect our our that of shortfall we've impact of in Investor lower at out the lower top in is the implied were at then from underlying doesn't our changed. that XXXX station CAGRs the is our to then in targets that reset a COVID base essentially what Brian, any business that's with plans related March. we fundamental one to arrive segments. if XXXX, temporary growth that, of for of reflective to not change laid just COVID. that, on business that solely believe And And demand could set the resulted Day the either I two that is fact we in to have XXXX growth a

Mark space be acquisition continue Hospice the said, [indiscernible] We business tract heavily of Health growth segment. capacity and and within for continue pursuing will in as to invest, Home well in mode additions just as opportunities we exist as in organic the that to that

Mark Tarr

and on any right Brian, have respond we And and other to all with able near-term be it's that uncertainty will to of pandemic. we how tied it's just COVID. quickly now vaccines get the side this

Brian Tanquilut

Awesome.

Operator

next comes Credit of question A.J. Suisse. Rice from line of Your the

Mark Tarr

Hey A. J.

Doug Coltharp

Hi, A.J.

A.J. Rice

targets. part reinstating Hey that previous long-term you -- everybody. appreciate Maybe discussion the just on around I follow-up guys that.

in factoring year that previous I on if think we calculating sounds up the I coming thought Day changed XX it targets, and there it's EBITDA the Investor point that your out think Doug, of midpoint outlook like Do ago, am you was that's I on not to impact that actually has place out into just wonder the a put though, have we the wrong. about what basis sort margins, outlook, of are below in this going million with points minute end same to goes something comment you how XXXX if that's about forward? CMS least get? there it the you XX.X. lower in thoughts March from maybe Is And project any XX about you because at you that? do demonstration string the XXXX, midpoint to any an that's out That's next

Doug Coltharp

you than it's actually A.J., not are getting substantially are points that say when closer number, the to two am mid going closer. I they am the exactly compare suggested. same delta just I I but the that that

reconciliation right a I to math here. So don't into get exercise want

A.J. Rice

Okay.

Doug Coltharp

I already that is because It With we've denials more in regard to to and oriented review positive health move can early not about to requirements will company the impact information could through systems business the analytic management with a well that business. in choice well of choice have is What we that effectively, demonstration, in is forward execute to We out claims to And very if unknown our is going stages. process [indiscernible] we about amount fact. demonstrated as reduce there than confident place. to that is review very known very our that great because really are have process it am there will disruptive anybody begin with business, that It's there. we be new adjust the regulatory after is we it's our home the that. it as demonstration,

Mark Tarr

-- further noted. Doug to number the sure that and standardization certainly would ago, documentation this as substantiates it’s that years move a this real RCD ourselves A.J. the investment forward. the our make But medical our made a documentation to across in board positioning electronic we record through it is in position, good if so and we see as of there

Doug Coltharp

Okay, lot. all a right. Thanks

Operator

Your next William question of comes Blair. from Larew Matt the of line

Mark Tarr

Matt. morning Good

Doug Coltharp

morning, Good Matt.

Matt Larew

but guys. half follow Brian's and of on question, maybe let's versus instead focus remove three on ‘XX Doug up XXXX. good Hi, models just wanted discussion morning, to from second I the

into And an apply expected second quarter, you that's alluded or margin back on XXX are adding frustration, of was that their the the than that costs that certainly on obviously, lower health that ‘XX. even basis back a to me tailwinds about removing home So side EBITDA for I extension. coming the side. of picture you ‘XX think first those think, returning startup points for excuse characterized after And number half I today, the but volumes wasn't have the

visit to maybe So generally us COVID take, are that can think, numbers, I have increases trying acuity bad there just direction of that would of reversal we are things or might any guess maybe you the that costs bridge PPE, what to debt other I gap? help in kind the point am

Doug Coltharp

So of to to the second reconcile trying half second half XXXX XXXX? Matt of I’m the

Matt Larew

right. half for are, to XXXX, second the EBITDA No, sorry, margins relative XXXX what of

positive I were [XX.X] talked and you And for so the just half second given that, the and reconcile margins EBITDA of and guide [XX] think [XX.X], the XXXX, am trying about? method to about I

Doug Coltharp

that the timing that's gap think the I and I And with substantially just more two between think half up if closed numbers. those But at a quickly. pretty costs the sequestration likely that if least the past ramp you of to you not move you then the that combine hospitals, lot of than pre-open and half. have Yes,

Matt Larew

will enough. we contemplated it that just again, will year given Medicare Fair nice side, then about some you model. already have I Okay, my the and I thought look throughout about a Advantage pricing the updates I preferred Maybe would relationship then would volume to And is is an you any involved United be share color can give alluded curious be great. on additional any the provider it you there ask that trends extent there. contract to,

Mark Tarr

April contract the United will first. cover

April Anthony

our Healthcare national about for contract the bad guy, serve [indiscernible]. bit paid is Yes, coming little the us on part patients going some contract volume business. out going a we providers think opportunities panel national we of of are good gotten a opportunities, have of one-off of that to business give we've of to United historically, United more But guy fashion. the being for episodically combination a But I better excited that in And joining been contract. us to it's long that, give run, it's

service to an the for on as payment this we XXXX, when much in on and so was pressure about has shift shifted be margins from recognize as near-term the of we some element, episodic a bonus performance, also contract, excited February we a after had it, the could are it in more national fact we brought beginning that there XXXX. that value And [indiscernible]. based And fee based payments by excited quality prior

a the of will staff of think So all margin we quarantine, us get ability it to we that pretty the in pressure we also near-term, time relationship our it's early put little good over we off think significantly. brings bit we the grow as of recognize bring in of it it'll on that a XXXX. think relationship part But

we As line kind contract. of rebase that

Mark Tarr

from seeing Jacobsmeyer regard insight give are with our what hospitals. ask plans we MA to Barb to I’ll her to

Barb Jacobsmeyer

the And have continuing focused you on So in XXXX. pre-ops as in MA XXXX we May September we continued to we growth, be of you in some the But that and seen as XXXX. XXXX. nice that are in back obviously assisted in relaxation see know, already nice growth between have

sent that in not us we have here is think maybe past, thing great the saw for they [earth] I us. in would the to admissions that XXXX,

was the that of Some to do waivers. to

was patients, Some outbreaks in or limitations to other COVID accept unable really because to were snips due maybe the snips.

we Directors So going MA Medical our these of on plans. data as the outcomes have the to assist with now more of continue patients. we those discussions, that's And particularly us

really it directly their to talk can So as proposition patients. value the that about related we

Matt Larew

you. thank Okay,

Operator

Kevin from next America. the Bank comes of question of Your Fischbeck line of

Mark Tarr

Good morning Kevin.

Unidentified Analyst

Joanna Thanks so long-term discussion in the Actually, morning. around the filling taking for it’s -- But I this is questions. guess on much targets. a growth good the Gajuk follow-up just for Hey, Kevin.

is to were maybe then EBITDA our And math? numbers but any of as and of is a these we you long-term you so guess margins I would the particular there or little where that slightly closer, so point either are implying of case, -- I the PPE related getting at targets? lower bit or the that's also around what guess when kind would those lower we that growth terms in area in targets but describe the, something do segments are anything, you revenue, it saying that's So terms the there costs if higher

Doug Coltharp

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have some addition of transition. the you in base, lower residual first the impact So year in to the XXXX

have so spread allow basis Beyond CAGRs five that, you year XXX on rounding. points got some for

Unidentified Analyst

Okay.

Doug Coltharp

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that or going last ways XXXX. we essentially are there station targets discussed the year. shooting essentially or we from are there. unchanged for So XXXX multiple in from XX If that the arrive so basis of higher, to in you points at is are to XX the those that But lower with are be get margin here can we in we March same

Unidentified Analyst

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Barb Jacobsmeyer

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Unidentified Analyst

Okay, thank you.

Operator

from next of comes Markets. line RBC of Morgan Frank the Your question Capital

Mark Tarr

Frank. Hello

Doug Coltharp

Good Frank. morning

Frank Morgan

some April Good I about volumes December. hopped to in And apologize. the late morning, I of was on just think point making at comment

you both in that So first do that [erg] I I in side apologize quarter, have and what healthcare if I around so you the guess I will on? the talked And hopped and ask in you you home far then, correctly. side, about are the seeing before understand I any commentary it

Mark Tarr

least where this cover point. we just will I up at are, Frank to

is a which seasonal we segments, after we going And confidence that both for know, that services the seen have of our is have As in to a typically forward. testament rebound the have you operating there holidays. demand strong we

certain segments in week half with challenged are staff so. the staff are news a on of in decrease and The seen We have last number that both a that quarantined. the over markets or positive is, quarantine

any higher the trending have So kept then of fewer And When staffing restrictions. because that staff all where have on uncertainty, positive get that have a to private our rooms temporarily we that number pandemic. hospitals of us strong, a on buying off requirements semi demand COVID. in at that is and supports tied marketplaces, have the isolation we've also uncertainty side had in been will getting we thoughts manner. And other have more hospitals, have we we back, that market certain enforce to near-term the least those more kept of where we is have is very this opportunities but we

Frank Morgan

amount vaccinated been down COVID. your in has Got you. total And you staff terms where of that are of

Mark Tarr

small they of employees [XX,XXX] their total of had vaccinated who a we with been those have doses. have Frank, So second portion a

of our like would getting have the close marketplaces, they to we've had total So been staff XX% vaccine. respond out that the to to

distribution continue that So we with will process.

state-to-state with from lot As terms we the see continue of that. marketplaces, of out of in giving progress to you effectiveness know, a to the volatility but

Frank Morgan

in that event then And more you. is shortage, the about seeing the something the that? can't go people home some limited, there into that’s nursing [indiscernible] know and the whirlpool what but driving just is, is am April aren't driven anything the by one, and pressure in are just because or Got the on was of curious, the comment question, side available similar made actually shortage else you the about I last having having being, COVID I

Mark Tarr

I will we [herb] ask Awhat on are seeing side. the

April Anthony

from in some good now nurses be saying some been more work. the back, again, those that our because be On want hearing out of news so point want is, about that to we want of get we that able see they side just the folks on anxiety. are really we some though, to and more is that out, [herb] of maybe they did in and say -- to come at those experienced the it's and our see all The to fears mentioned, vaccines workforce older the get early this I back back as vaccine quarantine the Mark didn't they would coming to being back. decide

as we we vaccine. So see I that more will that get a about think more of

Mark Tarr

Frank, general, think They was the of a nursing until are all I the no of the tedious tunnel. rolled you light there out. have was just end -- being in that vaccine was there patients really and clinicians overall COVID

a stress is not and we the pandemic, other the So whole. of really of clinicians, on workforce our industry side to in specific going caused are and didn't this but as know when get that lot a they the to

brought sense some to to and hope some the I So vaccine for clinicians. an is endpoint look forward of think

Operator

from comes line question of Barclays. of next Your the Andrew Mok

Mark Tarr

Andrew. morning Good

Andrew Mok

remained volume of you elective Hi, a volumes, lingering home growth in health And and Can XXXX do comment facilities your with on to see lower how admissions store Thanks. Wanted the the single-digit same to moderately good independent depressed and trended to drag even in continued procedures. from headwinds? the the on COVID portfolio? mid path admissions back morning. health rest some the assisted you of home due follow-up living organic

April Anthony

for you question. that Thank thanks. Yes,

communities decline So to meaningful the that about from from sources. the admissions snips, combined, did admission living roughly decline a areas that are we see patients X,XXX out we discharging like from three senior three called and those came surgeries

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XX those back performance in attenders make you we up that sectors to difference. if add So had in other there, really strong the a

had about for not think, X,XXX I it been that X% improve. a at be decline, you'd

of the see making I getting encouraged. a a half feel lot could replaced realize very subside that strong that we new we we I about the of with sources do and growth what have I back second And referrals very think the we those, we as assumptions is possible. think of organic there's in are something have you projections that, this believe that am to been. cause Now, year, posture, But specifically The and the last when last admission virus look at that sustainable.

we can a out recovering past really we side once the we think what period. on used win-win and get combination come out have, develop of other actually what so with the And this, to come and to got maintaining we COVID

Andrew Mok

walk EPS the driving and initial EBITDA X% guidance, the Can guidance EPS and that growth? and on EBITDA lower. Thanks. EBITDA of is XXXX is X% the you EBITDA XXXX the at spread through looking secondly, And EPS us thanks. are some Great, the compared about lower assumptions about line below to

Doug Coltharp

interest biggest I line think single expense. the is

Andrew Mok

that's delta. entire the So driving

Doug Coltharp

have right driver. I Yes, believe me, the don't I but mean, that's I primary front that in of

Andrew Mok

Okay, great. Thanks.

Operator

comes question next Your line of Bank. of Deutsche the Pito from Chickering

Mark Tarr

Hey, Pito.

Pito Chickering

guys. putting Good in. for morning Hey, me Thanks

new this the guys is the if United payer that fourth into converting contracts? think signing you you and collected? the know, MA commercial April, I more all contracts? when cost the the for definitely taken analytics, and and guess the data we per iceberg is How like aggressive tip it where leverage and the from about with questions Asking in the of getting you've guys structure you I with should mix new at quarter, look contract you've in cost XXXX, visit

April Anthony

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Pito Chickering

in home great. wage a Thanks normal demand levels should year the patients Okay, during question is nursing for for today. home we nurses much. the on inflation again, helping who next And nursing home then any follow so that up setting How or the huge ahead or think about are employees of April, two? you within

April Anthony

rate of care I toward healthcare then Barb But childcare then period, higher cost market up that that a of and don't the inflation come necessarily I some home of as of have sectors, younger driving the the because are the in are will provider keep hospitals we've even different to of market. gravitate that our COVID. a think market the both a young think other will potentially type a hopefully, the based same which cohorts as providing those that nurses, for of service. a older have seen a nurses subsides of that than recognition seen And during families, seen a leaves because see just home mentioned, care just of challenges COVID existed we lot COVID we meantime, who though we've the as tend early reasons, lot variety leads we the raising our market, to in back we've are

are and chase to to to work recruit some having do to those having of they are their falls. nurses hospitals acute what We care

just think just that of not the the sort competitors because behavior, our something that's And byproduct, workforce. but it's we that so a the change of hospital inflationary to are going going be your leader to markets, I in are we it’s

Pito Chickering

Thanks so Okay. much.

Operator

Fidel next Your question Instructions] from of Scott the [Operator Stephens. line comes of

Mark Tarr

Scott. Hello

Scott Fidel

had call conference. to to on Good I another thanks. Hi, morning. earnings hop conference late

for So questions have two hopefully, been hasn't I you. asked it –

to you think the the the also pipeline The included whether in wellness terms for not sort are you've XXXX? M&A pacing we of how and review. first the you that $XXX those hospice Home of just we and Health influence if just obviously you executing on specific thinking and of initial and just the target sort of should then of have strategic terms interested M&A us your the can strategic M&A about in would the million to that markets in relates But as of just million, health, an home give of target business, you for $XX in in is to that sort framework about, comment on review expecting and terms Hospice that [BIAS] plan that

Mark Tarr

Scott. Tarr. Yes, Mark It’s

on timetable know future for you right in as and now ask on So we the April but on it in is acquisition. her set to a thoughts process comment that, ongoing, will preview can't the but weigh

April Anthony

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Scott Fidel

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April Anthony

earn that as compensation. above itself, Yes, can what the if over news with because prior you or threshold lower work base But add turn the done bonus this good the flexes level. it is back, lower aligns we've and is I base think sort pay incentive really lower model a in pay of create an you'll to in compensation your

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move one So to I that as in grow discipline capacity we into service think in got that XXXX. we've the

Scott Fidel

you. thank Okay,

Operator

comments. closing to Crissy now Thank the for Carlisle you. turn I'll call

Crissy Carlisle

has Thank today's joining call anyone again call. If at questions, additional you please for XXX-XXX-XXXX. me

Operator

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