Tag: Provider Consolidation

Hospital Concentration Is Bad For Consumers

Hospital and provider mergers and acquisitions lead to dramatic increases in health care prices. And as the price for medical care trends higher post-hospital merger, insurance premiums will likely follow suit. Continue reading

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Provider Consolidation Across the Nation

When hospitals or provider groups consolidate health care costs go up. Why? Provider consolidation reduces competition and gives large hospital systems greater negotiating power, resulting in higher prices for services and increased costs for patients. Continue reading

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More hospital consolidation, more problems

“Frenzy” – “Monopolies” – “Dangers”– “Too big to fail” – These are all words used to describe the growing trend of hospital consolidation in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed. Continue reading

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Cost Drivers Undermine Affordable Care

Health care costs are on the rise – and we know why. Three major factors continuously undermine affordable care: soaring prescription drug prices, provider consolidation and the health insurance tax (HIT). Continue reading

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Hospital Consolidation and Costs

Concerns are growing over big, powerful hospital networks getting bigger and more powerful, which in turn will hurt competition and choice and increase price. These worries are very real in Connecticut, where one large health system is known as “Jaws,” the Connecticut Mirror reported. Continue reading

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Provider consolidation in the news: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Another headline has warned about the impacts provider consolidation have on health care prices (it makes them go up). Continue reading

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FTC Chairwoman: Why Provider Consolidation is So Worrisome

Health care providers, policymakers, and patients should be worried about the provider consolidation trend because more consolidation means less competition, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. Continue reading

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Heed the Price Warnings on Provider Consolidation

The growing trend of provider consolidation is expected to continue, which means so too will major medical price increases. With merger mania building up speed, health care leaders, policymakers, and consumers should heed warnings about the dangerous, long-term effects of anticompetitive provider consolidation. Continue reading

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Provider consolidation: A lot of evidence and a lot at stake

Provider consolidation sets off a chain reaction that leads to higher prices for consumers, The Journal News reports. Continue reading

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Mountain of evidence: Provider consolidation won’t lower costs

Health care stakeholders all are looking for ways to keep costs affordable and enhance the quality of care delivered to patients. Provider consolidation will not get us there. Continue reading

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