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Ruling Underscores Hospitals’ Strategy
The Wall Street Journal

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the federal health-care overhaul helps affirm a strategy that the hospital industry had been pursuing even before the legislation in 2010 and that had accelerated over the past two years.

Hospitals have been engaged in a spree of consolidation and strategic investment in outpatient clinics and information technology, aiming to curb costs and gain more heft to negotiate with payers, as well as to prepare for the law—which promises an influx of more than 30 million newly insured patients on the one hand, but deep cuts in government payments on the other.

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