CHICAGO - Seeking to stem the drain on their balance sheets from the dramatic spike in interest rates on their outstanding auction-rate securities, a pair of Midwestern health care systems have turned to a new strategy designed to give them more flexibility to wait out the faltering market.

The systems - Trinity Health Credit Group and Premier Health Partners - recently revised some terms associated with their auctions, attaching more liquidity to their offerings in hopes of reassuring nervous investors and in turn capturing lower interest rates.

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