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A Prescription for Growth?

Traders Magazine, March 1998

Stephen Lacey

Physician practice-management companies (PPMs) first stormed the initial-public-offering market in the mid-1990s, promising to consolidate highly- fragmented medical specialties and to reduce operational costs.

A juicy story, to be sure, given that public companies still only control about ten percent of physicians' practices. High expectations, however, were soon followed by monumental disappointments, leaving a foul taste that still sours the industry. As a result, few sectors have faced more resistance from the capital markets, or been as volatile in the aftermarket than PPMs.

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