Despite Merger Activity, Negative Credit Conditions Persist

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media , November 2, 2012

What's your strategy for succeeding long-term? Are you beefing up your outpatient book of business? Are you hiring your docs? Are you meeting or exceeding quality targets? Are you coordinating and documenting care appropriately?

Those all depend on you and your team's execution, and that can be a comforting thought in a sector that is undergoing such dramatic upheaval.

In the end, a report about hospitals' creditworthiness is just a piece of information. And your creditworthiness may not even be as big an issue now as it has been traditionally.

Times are tough, but you can still control your destiny. Even if you don't rate highly on the bond market, private equity and other forms of obtaining investment capital are on the rise.

If nothing else, that investment interest from nontraditional sources suggests that amid all the doom and gloom about declining reimbursements as far as the eye can see, there's hope.

At least someone thinks margins won't be crunched forever.

Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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