Tag: Provider Consolidation

How Hospital-Physician Consolidation is Driving up Health Costs

More hospitals are acquiring physician practices or hiring physicians as hospital employees, according to a report recently released by the Government Accountability Office. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

FTC Cracks Down on Anticompetitive Provider Mergers

Hospital consolidation in concentrated markets harms patients, leaving them with higher health care costs and fewer choices. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working to block anticompetitive hospital mergers to promote affordability and quality for patients across the country. Continue reading

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Health Care Consolidation Considerations

When hospitals and physician practices compete on price and quality, prices go down, consumers have better access to health care services, quality improves, and investments go toward innovation. Continue reading

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FTC Challenges Hospital Merger to Prevent “Near-Monopoly” Grip on Care

The Federal Trade Commission recently challenged a hospital merger that would create a “near monopoly” and lead to higher prices and lower-quality care for patients in four West Virginia and Ohio counties. Continue reading

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JAMA: How Physician-Hospital Integration Drives up Cost

Hospital employment of physicians and ownership of physician practices continues to increase, bringing prices along for the ride, according to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

More proof that price increases are driven by the consolidation of provider markets

We’ve cited countless research that shows increased levels of hospital and physician consolidation is followed by major increases in price for health care services. Well a new study in the October issue of Health Affairs reaches that same conclusion. Continue reading

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4 Takeaways from Today’s Hearing on Health Care Competition

This morning, AHIP’s Dan Durham offered testimony on how health plans across the country are operating in highly competitive regulatory environments where success is defined by their ability to deliver affordable coverage choices and ensure high-quality care. Continue reading

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Hospital conglomerates: ‘The trend is concerning’

Decreased competition among providers, and higher prices and fewer choices for health care consumers are among the dangers posed by hospital consolidation, leading physicians at Johns Hopkins University cautioned in a new Journal of the American Medical Association article. Continue reading

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You Can’t Deny the Facts

Given the recent focus on consolidation in the health care industry and how such activity would impact the cost of coverage, it’s crucial to bear in mind several important facts. Continue reading

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Durham Op-Ed: “The Great Threat of Rising Health Care Costs”

Today’s Morning Consult features an op-ed by AHIP Interim CEO Dan Durham, in which he states now is the time to focus on ensuring health care accessibility, affordability, and quality. However, Durham highlights underlying challenges that all stakeholders need to confront in order to move the health system forward. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP in the News, Cost Alert