Tag: Provider Consolidation

4 scary facts about health care

Halloween is a time for ghosts and ghouls, and everything scary. And in the spirit of spirit of Halloween, we’ve got something more terrifying than any ghost story – four truly scary facts about health care. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

A chorus of criticism over provider consolidation

Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts already has grown to include 10 hospitals, and according to an article in The Boston Globe, plans to add three more hospitals seem to be more about growing its empire than helping its patients. Continue reading

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JAMA: Hospital ownership and higher prices

A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights something we’ve been concerned about for years – that provider consolidation increases prices for services and costs for patients. Continue reading

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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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