Strain from the patient increases and reimbursement delays expected from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are causing some health care providers to turn to M&A. (For more, see the video below with Jeff Swearingen of Edgemont Capital.)

The ACA, which was passed in 2010 and began open enrollment in October, is having significant effects on the health care industry, and many middle-market physician groups are using M&A to cope with the more taxing consequences of the new rules. The increased rate of physician group mergers began before the implementation of the ACA, but experts agree that the new law has amplified the trend.

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