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Hospital Groups Will Get Bigger, Moody’s Predicts
New York Times

Responding to changes in health care, big hospital groups are expected to get even bigger. And some hospitals will join forces with once-unlikely partners, health insurers and for-profit companies, a new report says.

The difficult business environment and the changes expected in how hospitals will be paid for delivering care are driving many smaller, stand-alone hospital groups into the arms of larger and better-financed organizations, said Lisa Goldstein, who follows nonprofit hospitals for Moody’s Investors Service and is one of the authors of a report expected to be released Thursday.