CHICAGO -- A group of hospitals in Nebraska is better positioned to weather upcoming national health-care reforms than other institutions across the country, according to a study released recently by Van Kampen Merritt Investment Advisory Corp.

Eleven Nebraska hospitals analyzed in the study have good liquidity, strong cash reserves and low debt ratios, which could give them an edge in adapting to imminent health-care changes, said Michael D. Jurecki, an associate municipal analyst at the advisory firm based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

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