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Acute-Care: A Case Study

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From the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 through the end of last year, merger and acquisition transactions involving acute-care hospitals increased 55% from 66 announced deals to 102 (Barlas, 2014). This movement is increasing for reasons that are evident. For providers, it is becoming a challenging environment to be a small medical practice. The system is going through a difficult switch to electronic medical records, which is expensive and requires specialized experience to avoid downsides. These challenges push physicians to pursue employment in large organizations rather than solo ownerships or partnerships in small

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