CHICAGO - As nonprofit hospitals begin to release their 2008 audits, preliminary numbers show a weakening across all significant ratios and all rating categories, Moody's Investors Service said in a new report out this week.

Among the more surprising findings is that even those providers whose fiscal year ends June 30 - well before many of 2008's biggest financial declines took hold - reported drops, said Moody's analyst Brad Spielman, who wrote the preliminary median report.

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