Vital Signs: Hospital Mergers Need To Prove Value And Care Coordination

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Dec 05, 2016

This article was originally published on modernhealthcare.com, by Dave Barkholz. View the original article by clicking here.

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Hospitals and other healthcare companies stand a better chance of garnering support for their mergers if they can demonstrate to regulators and communities some sharing of savings with consumers, according to a new report by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Traditionally, healthcare consolidations have not led to lower prices and higher quality care, according to 10 healthcare experts whose comments were compiled for the HFMA's third installment of its Health Care 2020 series.

That has led to fierce regulatory pushback. Prime examples are the Federal Trade Commission's opposition to the proposed Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System merger in Pennsylvania and a proposed tie-up between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Chicago area.View Full Article
 

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