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Hospitals remain stressed, but don’t blame the ACA
Modern Healthcare

Healthcare providers have gotten some balance sheet relief thanks to a greater number of paying patients over the past couple of years. But bankruptcy filings suggest the industry has recovered more slowly than the improving economy would suggest.

It’s not the Affordable Care Act by itself that’s pushing healthcare providers into bankruptcy, but a combination of forces including litigation, payment delays and even bad merger agreements.

“In the general U.S. economy, distress has dropped off 60% to 65%,” said Bobby Guy, a Nashville-based healthcare attorney at law firm Polsinelli. “In healthcare, it has gone up.”