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TEXT-S&P: FASB change effects on U.S. non-profit health care ratios

(The following statement was released by the rating agency)

Oct 10 - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today in a new report that a new Financial Accounting Standards Board rule will change some U.S. Not-For-Profit Health Care Medians, it will not affect Standard & Poor's view of the various obligors it rates.

The report, "How U.S. Not-For-Profit Health Providers' Financial Ratios Will Change Under The New Bad Debt Accounting Rules," includes pre- and post-rule comparisons of various ratios Standard & Poor's considers in the rating process.

While not all obligors we rate will have the same variance in new, we don't expect this accounting rule change in and of itself to affect ratings.

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. (New York Ratings Team)

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