Boston-based Tufts Medical Center, an affiliate of Burlington, Mass.-based Wellforce, saw operating revenue and operating income rise in the third quarter of 2018.  The medical center system recorded operating revenue of $285.9 million in the three months ended June 30, up 9.9 percent from $260.1 million in the same period a year prior. Tufts partially attributed the increase to higher patient volume.

It saw net patient service revenue increase from $211 million in the third quarter of 2017 to $228.2 million in the third quarter of 2018, according to recently released bondholder documents. The medical center system’s expenses climbed 10.1 percent in the quarter ended June 30 to $280.4 million, compared to the same period a year prior.

Expense increases for salaries and wages, as well as employee benefits, contributed to the boost. Tufts ended the third quarter of 2018 with operating income of $5.5 million, up 3.8 percent from $5.3 million in the same period of 2017.

After factoring in a nonoperating loss of $133,000, the medical center system reported net income of $5.4 million in the third quarter of 2018, down 59.4 percent from $13.3 million in the same period a year prior. Baptist Health South Florida records operating surplus as net income sinks 63% RCM tip of the day: Automate provider-payer enrollment This week’s 5 must-reads for hospital RCM leaders Read more from beckershospitalreview.com…

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