Tag: Provider Consolidation

When Providers Merge, Consumers Pay

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs

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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Chart of the Day: Effect Of Hospital Integration And Market Competitiveness On Hospital Prices

From a new study in Health Affairs. Continue reading

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“When Hospitals Buy Physician Practices, the Result is Usually Higher Hospital Prices”

Kaiser Health News looks at a new Health Affairs study whose findings echo something we’ve been saying for years: “When hospitals buy physician practices, the result is usually higher hospital prices and increased spending by privately insured patients.” Continue reading

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Judge Worried Consolidated Health System “Would Be So Dominant that it Could Raise Prices at Will”

A Washington Post article examines the effect of provider consolidation on prices. Continue reading

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Connecticut’s “Unprecedented” Number of Hospital Mergers

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team has an article out looking at the “unprecedented” number of hospital mergers in the state – and what these changes mean for consumers. Continue reading

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Bloomberg Opinion: “Bigger Hospitals Mean Higher Prices, Not Better Care”

Evidence continues to show that when it comes to provider consolidation, the rhetoric is about efficiency, but the reality is higher prices for consumers. Continue reading

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“Hospital Consolidation Generally Results in Higher Prices”

An article in the New York Times looks at an issue that’s been on our radar for a while – that “hospitals have been merging and snapping up physician networks to improve their bargaining power with health insurers and to capture a larger share of the patient pool.” Continue reading

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Provider “Mergers and Consolidations Continue at a Ferocious Pace”

As health care costs continue to rise, there is increasing focus on the factors driving costs higher for consumers and employers. Two recent publications add to the growing body of evidence that provider consolidation is one of the primary factors driving health care costs. Continue reading

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