Tag: Provider Consolidation

Medicare Conference Highlights, Day 2

At day two of AHIP’s Medicare Conference, the opening session focused on the midterm elections in the context of health reform. Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute shared that both Republicans and Democrats consider health care as the second most important issue to them when deciding how to vote. Continue reading

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AHIP in the WSJ: Consolidation Leads to Higher Prices

There is overwhelming evidence that hospital mergers can lead to significant price increases and that quality of care improves with greater competition Continue reading

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What really happens when hospitals consolidate

Provider consolidation is a continuing source of debate in health care. But the facts are clear: Hospital mergers can drive up health care costs for consumers. Continue reading

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Big hospital systems mean higher prices

With news of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem forming the largest system in Illinois, it’s time to revisit the serious consequences of anticompetitive hospital consolidation: Research shows bigger hospital systems can lead to higher prices, not necessarily better health care. Continue reading

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The serious consequences of hospital consolidation

Everyone agrees on the need to lower health care costs and improve the quality of care delivered. And as Martin Gaynor, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics, said in a recent interview with Politico Pro, the industry can reach those goals without hospital consolidation. Continue reading

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Provider consolidation holds back value-based care

So what is the impact of provider consolidation on the U.S. health care system? Higher costs and less choice for consumers and employers, as stated in a recent amicus brief filed by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Continue reading

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Don’t ignore the true health care cost drivers

With the prices for four common surgical procedures growing by double digits, a new article from NBC News reveals an urgent need to put greater focus on this dynamic that is powering health care cost growth. Continue reading

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When Providers Merge, Consumers Pay

When hospital and physician practices merge, consumers often pay the price. Continue reading

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The Top Driver of Premiums? The Cost of Health Care Services.

To make health care coverage more affordable, the nation must address the soaring cost of medical care that continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. The simple truth is premiums track the underlying cost of care. Continue reading

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Ignagni: Provider Consolidation, Specialty Drug Prices Driving Unsustainable Health Care Costs

With health care costs continuing to rise for consumers and employers, AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni discussed two of the most important factors driving this trend—provider consolidation and specialty drugs prices—at the New York Times’ Health for Tomorrow conference. Continue reading

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