LOS ANGELES -- The United States not-for-profit healthcare sector outlook is stable for 2013, but conditions are less favorable than in the past three years as providers continue to prepare for healthcare reform, according to a Standard & Poor’s report.

The credit rating agency expects the ratings on most healthcare providers to remain steady based on “the financial cushion many providers have built in the last few years, successful and ongoing cost containment efforts, and the benefits of consolidation.”

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