Outlook 2014: Finance- Higher interest rates ... fewer options for cash-strapped systems ... money available for M&A

As previously published on January 4, 2014 in Modern Healthcare

For health systems already accustomed to shifting gears based on regulatory changes, 2014 offers another government body that busy CFOs will have to closely watch: the Federal Reserve.

The Fed indicated in December that it plans to modestly “taper” its recession-era debt buyback program referred to as quantitative easing. While the ripple effect of that decision remains unclear, financial markets for now seem to view it as a vote of confidence in an improving economy.

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