CHICAGO — There are too many questions swirling around the new federal health care law to fully assess its impact on nonprofit hospitals until after its implementation in 2014, said Martin Arrick, head of the nonprofit health care group at Standard & Poor’s.

“We are still in the very beginning stages of a multi-year process,” Arrick said Tuesday during a Standard & Poor’s webcast on the impact of U.S. health care reform on various sectors in the health care industry. “There are some very important questions which are still unanswered, and may not be answered until after 2014.”

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