Tag: Provider Consolidation

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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The outcome of provider consolidation: “Prices go up. Premiums go up.”

The body of evidence against anticompetitive provider consolidation keeps growing, and keeps reaching the same conclusion – Hospital consolidation in concentrated markets is followed by a major increase in medical prices. Continue reading

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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

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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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