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Standard & Poor last week assigned its triple-'B'-minus rating to MedPartners Inc.'s debt. It also revised its outlook on the company from stable to negative. The announcement stated "MedPartners' investment-grade ratings reflected the company's important position in diverse health care businesses, and moderate financial policies, offset by its aggressive growth strategies and a limited record of success." It went on to say, "The company is susceptible to reimbursement changes, with several PPM markets having experienced actual declines in reimbursement. Additionally, as a significant amount of its revenues are in the form or either professional or global capitation, the company is susceptible to increases in medical need and costs."
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