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The Deficit Remedy Could Be Toxic For U.S. Health Care Companies Aug 11

  • ID: 1872361
  • August 2011
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors
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  • AHS Medical Holdings LLC
  • CCS Medical Inc.
  • Hanger Inc.
  • HealthSouth Corp.
  • LifePoint Health, Inc.
  • Rotech Healthcare Inc.
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The U.S. debt crisis has put a fire under the government's efforts to slow growth in health care spending. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that Medicare costs currently amount to roughly $556 billion (or 3.6% of GDP), up from $247 billion (or 2.6% of GDP) under the elder care program just 10 years ago. While some of the increase resulted from the adoption of the Part D prescription drug benefit in 2006, most of the expansion stems from rising medical costs and an aging population. This new urgency to constrain Medicare expenditure growth follows a $155 billion reduction in Medicare payments to hospitals over 10 years mandated under the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Most recently,...

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- HCR HealthCare LLC
- Tenet Healthcare Corp.
- Universal Health Services Inc.
- Health Management Associates Inc.
- Alliance HealthCare Services
- HealthSouth Corp.
- Community Health Systems Inc.
- Kindred Healthcare Inc.
- HCA Inc.
- Apria Healthcare Group Inc.
- DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.
- Sun Healthcare Group Inc.
- Quest Diagnostics Inc.
- Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings
- Rural/Metro Corp.
- Skilled Healthcare Group Inc.
- Team Health Inc.
- LifePoint Health, Inc.
- Hanger Inc.
- IASIS Healthcare Corp.
- Gentiva Health Services Inc.
- Vanguard Health Systems Inc.
- Select Medical Corp.
- Managed Health Care Associates Inc.
- United Surgical Partners International Inc.
- Rotech Healthcare Inc.
- 21st Century Oncology Inc.
- AHS Medical Holdings LLC
- Sheridan Healthcare Inc.
- RadNet Management Inc.
- DJO Global Inc.
- Envision Healthcare Corp.
- Diagnostic Imaging Group LLC
- OnCure Medical Corp.
- LifeCare Holdings Inc.
- Capella Healthcare Inc.
- CCS Medical Inc.
- Air Medical Group Holdings Inc.
- Prospect Medical Holdings Inc.
- Surgical Care Affiliates Inc.
- Symbion Inc.
- Advanced Homecare Holdings Inc. d/b/a Encompass Home Health Inc.
- Caris Diagnostics Inc.
- American Renal Holdings Inc.
- U.S. Renal Care Inc.
- Ameritox Ltd.
- HCA Holdings Inc.
- National Surgical Hospitals, Inc.
- Vantage Oncology Holdings LLC
- Surgery Center Holdings Inc.
- Drumm Corp.

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