Health Management Issues Statement in Response to Inaccurate “60 Minutes” Report

  Health Management Issues Statement in Response to Inaccurate “60 Minutes”
  Report

Business Wire

NAPLES, Fla. -- December 03, 2012

Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) today commented on a report
regarding the company on the television program 60 Minutes.

According to their report, 60 Minutes conducted more than a year of research
and found no issues with the quality of care at Health Management hospitals,
stating on the broadcast that "hardly anyone we talked to complained about the
quality of care at HMA hospitals."

It was also notable that 60 Minutes failed to identify a single patient who
had been inappropriately admitted from any of the company’s emergency rooms,
including by the physicians interviewed.

Neither 60 Minutes nor the physicians interviewed identified any admission
decision in which a physician's medical judgment was overridden by an HMA
executive, much less to defraud Medicare.

60 Minutes did not in any way dispute the admissions data it was provided by
Health Management over the last several months. That data demonstrated that
admissions rates from the company’s emergency rooms were in-line with national
norms and consistent over a several year period.

Instead, 60 Minutes relied entirely on disgruntled former employees of the
company and former contracted physicians, several of whom are seeking
financial gain through active litigation with Health Management.

On November 30, 2012, just after being notified that 60 Minutes was moving
forward with its broadcast, Health Management held a conference call in which
it provided key data about admissions from its emergency rooms. The
information presented on the call, and additional information added since the
program’s airing, are instructive about the 60 Minutes segment and available
for viewing on the Investor Relations section of HMA.com.

Health Management enables America’s best local health care by providing the
people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and
physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior
health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries, operates 70
hospitals with approximately 10,500 licensed beds in non-urban communities
located throughout the United States.

All references to “Health Management,” “HMA” or the “Company” used in this
release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

                          Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are
subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are identified by words
such as "expects," "estimates," "projects," "anticipates," "believes,"
“intends,” "plans," “may,” “continues,” “should,” "could" and other similar
words. All statements addressing operating performance, events or developments
that Health Management Associates, Inc. expects or anticipates will occur in
the future, including but not limited to incurrence of indebtedness,
projections of revenue, income or loss, capital expenditures, earnings per
share, debt structure, the provision for doubtful accounts, capital structure,
repayment of indebtedness, the amount and timing of funds under the meaningful
use measurement standard of various HCIT incentive programs, other financial
items and operating statistics, statements regarding the plans and objectives
of management for future operations, innovations, or market service
development, statements regarding acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures
and other proposed or contemplated transactions (including but not limited to
statements regarding the potential for future acquisitions and perceived
benefits of acquisitions), statements of future economic performance,
statements regarding legal proceedings and other loss contingencies,
statements regarding market risk exposures, statements regarding the effects
and/or interpretations of recently enacted or future health care laws and
regulations, statements of the assumptions underlying or relating to any of
the foregoing statements, and other statements which are other than statements
of historical fact, are considered to be "forward-looking statements."

Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light
of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and
uncertainties are more fully described in Health Management Associates, Inc.'s
most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for
the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012, including under the heading entitled
"Risk Factors." Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties
materialize, or should any of Health Management Associates, Inc.'s underlying
assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those
currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on
Health Management Associates, Inc.'s forward-looking statements. Except as
required by law, Health Management Associates, Inc. disclaims any obligation
to update its risk factors or to publicly announce updates to the
forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect new
information, future events or other developments.

Contact:

Health Management Associates, Inc.
John C. Merriwether, 239-598-3131
Vice President of Financial Relations
 
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