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6 Strategies for Lowering Bad-Debt Exposure
Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media

With healthcare reform introducing anywhere from 20 to 40 million new patients into the healthcare system, hospitals must address self-pay balances as a way of controlling bad debt. Here are six ways to gain control of hospital payments. [Read More]
  September 7, 2010

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Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Rating: AA-
Outlook: Positive
Affected Debt: $1.7 billion
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
Remarks: S&P revised its rating outlook to positive from stable and affirmed its AA- rating on various issuers' debt issued for Mayo Clinic. At the same time, S&P affirmed its various other ratings on numerous bonds issued on behalf of Mayo Clinic. Offsetting credit factors include liquidity levels that are still below similarly rated organizations. S&P also considers Mayo Clinic's asset allocation aggressive, with approximately 50% of Mayo's long-term fund in alternative assets. S&P also cites its potential exposure to future Medicare and Medicare physician reimbursement reductions.
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