An interesting big-picture read-through from Health Management Associates' (HMA +0.1%)...

|About: Health Management Associate... (HMA)|By:, SA News Editor

An interesting big-picture read-through from Health Management Associates' (HMA +0.1%) conference call on employment conditions as well as state of the overall economy: "Our outpatient volume continued to grow in the first quarter of 2012 and we believe our inpatient volumes continue to be affected by a challenging economic environment as patients seek to limit time away from the jobs to ensure continue employment."