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Hospital Mergers

HHS Unveils Plans to Increase Healthcare Competition, Choice

December 5, 2018 - Deregulation is at the top of HHS’ mind, according to a new blueprint on increasing healthcare competition and choice from several White House agencies. HHS, along with the Departments of the Treasury and Labor, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and several offices within the White House, released the “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and...


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AGs Approve Large Hospital Mergers, But with Special Conditions

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Attorneys General in California and Massachusetts recently approved two separate hospital merger deals. But the approvals came with a set of special conditions the health systems must meet to finalize the mergers. After 17 public...

Patient Perception of Hospital Affiliations Influences Care

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospital affiliations can influence patient volume, a new study by the Yale Cancer Center shows. The study recently published in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology revealed that 85 percent of individuals about to receive complex...

Partners, Harvard Pilgrim Suspend Healthcare Merger Talks

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Partners HealthCare, the largest hospital system in Massachusetts, recently halted healthcare merger talks with local insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care over concerns the deal would not earn regulatory approval. “Now isn’t...

AHA: Consolidated Payer Market Influences Hospital Contracting

by Jacqueline LaPointe

“The overwhelming majority of hospitals and health systems are not the drivers in contract negotiations with commercial health insurers,” the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently said in response to a potential FTC...

Healthcare Merger and Acquisition Deal Value Dips in Q3 2018

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare merger and acquisition activity was still trending up in the third quarter of 2018, but deal value dipped, the most recent US Health Services Deals Insights report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) showed. PwC recorded 261...

Senator Urges FTC to Investigate Hospital Contracting Practices

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) recently called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether hospitals and payers in the US are deliberately engaging in anticompetitive hospital contracting...

Hospital Prices in Colorado Increase 76% As Expansions Continue

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospital prices in Colorado increased 76 percent over a seven-year period as profits rose to some of the highest in the nation, preliminary data from the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing showed. Initial...

Baylor Scott & White, Memorial Hermann Eye Hospital Merger Deal

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Two major non-profit health systems in Texas recently announced their plans for a hospital merger, which is expected to advance cost-effective patient care in the state. Baylor Scott & White Health, a non-profit based in Dallas,...

Hospitals Seek Non-Acute, Supplier Partners for Value-Based Care

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospitals are looking to strategically expand their footprint in the non-acute care space to succeed in value-based care and alternative payment models, a new study of hospital decisionmakers found. L.E.K.’s ninth annual...

Do Hospital Mergers, Acquisitions Increase Prices, Reps Ask MedPAC

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Energy and Commerce Committee leaders are calling on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to settle the debate on whether hospital mergers and acquisitions raise prices for patients. In a recent letter to MedPAC’s...

Bon Secours, Mercy Health Finalize Hospital Merger After 6 Months

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Mercy Health of Ohio and Maryland-based Bon Secours Health System recently announced the completion of their hospital merger deal establishing one of the largest hospital chains and Catholic health systems in the country. In what the...

Hospital Mergers Produce Modest Healthcare Supply Chain Savings

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospitals only save approximately 1.5 percent annually on common expenses in the healthcare supply chain after a hospital merger, new research shows. The new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that actual...

Healthcare M&A Leads to 90% of Markets Being Highly Consolidated

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The recent uptick in healthcare merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is leading to significant market consolidation, particularly among providers organizations, a recent Commonwealth Fund analysis revealed. The majority of...

Care Integration Driving Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Improving the integration of care across the continuum is the top driver of healthcare mergers and acquisitions, according to a recent Premier Inc. survey. The survey of 45 healthcare C-suite leaders found that almost one-quarter (24...

255 Healthcare Merger and Acquisition Deals Announced in Q2 2018

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare stakeholders announced 255 healthcare merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the second quarter of 2018, a new report from the Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) showed. The 255 announced healthcare...

When Should Providers Consider a Strategic Hospital Acquisition?

by Jacqueline LaPointe

For many small hospitals, remaining independent as the healthcare industry hurdles toward value-based purchasing, population health management, and other transformations is a source of pride even if the organization has one foot in the...

Beth Israel, Lahey Health Hospital Merger May Up Costs, MA AG Says

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The proposed hospital merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health is facing pushback from the Massachusetts Attorney General despite a previous endorsement from a key state board. Local news sources are reporting...

Healthcare Mergers, Increased Access to Boost Medical Costs 6%

by Jacqueline LaPointe

PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) predicts medical costs for employers to grow 6 percent in 2019 as healthcare mergers and more convenient care access options drive up healthcare costs and utilization. The medical cost trend is...

Partners HealthCare, Harvard Pilgrim Consider Healthcare Merger

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Partners HealthCare and Harvard Pilgrim may be heading for a healthcare merger as the organizations consider a partnership to reduce costs and improve outcomes. “As the healthcare environment changes and insurers and providers...

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