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Healthcare Mergers, Consolidation Increase Patient Safety Risks

April 10, 2018 - Healthcare mergers and acquisitions, institutional affiliations, shared service agreements, and other healthcare consolidation activities may help organizations realize economies of scale and other financial benefits. But a recent JAMA report uncovered that consolidation efforts result in significant patient safety issues. “Teams with little expertise in patient safety are typically...


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Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions Activity Strong in Q1 of 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions are off to a strong start after ending a record-breaking year in 2017. Merger and acquisition activity was up 13 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, marking the highest number of recorded healthcare...

Advocate, Aurora Hospital Merger Deal Earns Regulatory Approval

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Federal and state authorities recently gave the proposed hospital merger between Illinois-based Advocate Health Care and Wisconsin-area Aurora Health Care the greenlight, the health systems announced in a joint press release. The health systems...

Hospitals Acquired 5K Independent Practices from 2015 to 2016

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospital acquisitions of independent practices continued, with another 5,000 physician practices acquired by hospitals from July 2015 to July 2016, a recent Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) and Avalere Health analysis showed. The national...

UNC Health Care, Atrium Health Scrap Hospital Merger Deal

by Jacqueline Belliveau

North Carolina-based UNC Health Care and Atrium Health recently announced that they will no longer pursue a hospital merger deal that would create one of the largest health systems in the country. “After months of discussions and due diligence,...

Bon Secours, Mercy Health Engaging in Hospital Merger Talks

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Maryland-based Bon Secours Health System recently announced its intent to engage in a hospital merger deal with Mercy Health in Ohio and Kentucky. The Catholic health systems are currently engaged in merger talks, with a final deal expected to...

State Green Lights Partners, Mass. Eye and Ear Hospital Merger

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Massachusetts public health officials recently approved a proposed hospital merger between the state’s largest hospital system, Partners HealthCare, and specialty hospital Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The Public Health Council unanimously...

Doctors to HHS: Level the Playing Field for Independent Practices

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In the face of increased hospital consolidation, HHS should better support independent practices and develop policies that allow solo providers to compete with hospitals and health systems, the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently argued....

Partners, Care New England Move Ahead with Hospital Merger Deal

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts recently announced that it has signed a definitive hospital merger agreement to add Rhode Island-based Care New England Health System to its hospital system. The health systems signed a letter of intent to...

Blue Cross NC Says Carolinas, UNC Hospital Merger Will Raise Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The potential hospital merger deal between Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care recently hit another roadblock. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) announced that the organization opposes the proposed health system...

Healthcare Merger, Acquisition Deal Value Increased 145% in 2017

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Despite the number of healthcare merger and acquisitions deals dipping slightly in 2017, deal value significantly increased by 145.8 percent, reaching a total of $175.2 billion, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report revealed. In 2017, the...

6 Major Hospital Merger Deals Making Headlines in 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In 2017, the healthcare industry saw a boom of hospital merger announcements. And many of those deals are set to close in 2018 pending federal and state regulatory review. Hospital merger and acquisition activity last year was well on its way...

Top 4 Healthcare Revenue Cycle, Finance Trends to Watch in 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As 2017 comes to an end, hospital and practice leaders are preparing their priority lists and agenda items for next year. The top four healthcare revenue cycle and finance trends that should appear on 2018 agendas include voluntary Medicare alternative...

State Reviews Beth Israel, Lahey Health Hospital Merger

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The proposed hospital merger between Boston health systems Beth Israel Deaconess and Lahey Health is delayed as the state’s Health Policy Commission reviews the deal for healthcare costs, quality, and care access issues, according to local...

Advocate, Aurora and Dignity Health, CHI Sign Hospital Merger Deals

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The healthcare market in Chicago is bracing for some major changes starting with the recently announced hospital merger between Advocate Health Care and Wisconsin-based Aurora Health Care. The largest health system in Illinois revealed its intentions...

Medicare Spends $3.1B More on Hospital-Employed Physicians

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Total Medicare spending on four cardiology, orthopedic, and gastroenterology services increased by $3.1 billion between 2012 and 2015 because of the growing number of hospital-employed physicians, a recent Physicians Advocacy Institute study uncovered....

Sutter Health Destroys Evidence for Case on High Healthcare Prices

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A state judge ruled that California-based Sutter Health intentionally destroyed 192 boxes of documents that pertained to a lawsuit accusing the health system of inflating healthcare prices and practicing anticompetitive behavior. In the ruling,...

Healthcare Merger, Acquisition Activity to Rise Despite Slow Q3

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare mergers and acquisition activity in the third quarter of 2017 may be down by 11 percent compared to last year and 6 percent compared to last quarter. But deal volume still reached over 200 announced transactions for the twelfth quarter...

2017 Hospital Merger Activity Likely to Beat 102 Deals in 2016

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare organizations engaged in 87 hospital merger and partnership transaction so far in 2017, a recent Kaufman Hall analysis showed. The most recent data revealed that 29 hospital merger and partnership deals were announced in the third...

Hospital Mergers Take Two or More Years to Produce Cost Savings

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospital mergers and acquisitions resulted in immediate decreases in operating expenses per adjusted admission. However, acquired facilities also saw operating revenue decline at a higher rate, leading to falling operating margins for the first...

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