Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

This chart story examines the latest data on hospital consolidation, including trends, impacts, future outlook and proposed policy solutions.

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This Research Insights summarizes a study that found hospital prices grew faster than physician prices from 2007 to 2014.

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Cooper Z, Craig S, Gaynor M, Harish NJ, Krumholz, H & Van Reenan J

The majority of the 2007-2014 growth in private insurer payments for hospital-based care was driven by a rapid increase in the negotiated payments for hospitals rather than escalating prices paid to physicians, suggesting significant differences in the bargaining leverage of hospitals and physicians vis-à-vis insurers. Government interventions recommended by the authors include much more active anti-trust enforcement and regulating hospital prices, particularly in markets where hospitals already hold considerable market power. They also encourage private payers to use reference pricing and incentivize physicians to make more cost-efficient referrals.

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This Research Insights summarizes findings from a new study showing that hospital market power drives higher negotiated prices for privately insured patients.

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This webinar brought together experts to discuss consolidation and competition in health care and offer tips for reporters covering this issue in their communities. 

This Research Insights summarizes findings from a study showing that a patient is more likely to choose a hospital that owns her doctor’s practice - even if the costs are higher and the quality lower than at other local hospitals.

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