Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Antitrust and hospital consolidations.

In a late-afternoon report today, Modern Healthcare's Mark Taylor wrote that "the American Hospital Association delivered a 17-page letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department's antitrust division rejecting hospital consolidation as a key driver of healthcare costs and pleading for a review of health insurers' conduct. The AHA's letter anticipates the expected release this summer of the FTC and Justice Department's joint report on their two years of hearings on healthcare competition." After reading the analysis piece in the Harvard Business Review by Michael E. Porter and Elizabeth Olmstead Teisberg, it is hard to see how a sentient human being can argue that consolidations haven't had an impact on both health care costs and quality.
posted by tommayo, 6:06 PM

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