CHICAGO — The consolidation trend that has characterized the nonprofit health care sector for the last few years is positive for both hospitals and bondholders, Fitch Ratings said in a comment released last week.

Mergers have increased for the last two years as hospitals sought partners to help navigate the myriad challenges facing the sector. The trend is expected to continue as providers face mounting reimbursement pressures from payers, Fitch said in the report “U.S. Hospital M&A Generally Positive for Bondholders.”

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