Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter

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Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: consolidation, mergers, rural, Redefining the H, advocacy, governance, leadership, members, care coordination

Federal court blocks Anthem's acquisition of Cigna

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last night issued an order blocking the proposed acquisition of Cigna by Anthem, which would have reduced the number of major national health insurers from five to four. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the Department of Justice and states... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, Coverage

Hospital mergers can be a key to meet patients' needs and improve care

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Rapid change in the health care field has led hospital leaders to search for new ways to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and preserve access to care, so they can continue to meet their patients’ needs. For some hospitals, mergers may be the right path to meet these goals. This week the AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Report finds hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

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Recent hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, says an AHA-commissioned study unveiled Jan. 25 at a Washington, D.C. briefing.

The study by Boston-based... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, antitrust

Hospital Mergers Promote Value and Quality

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JAMA today published the report “How Would the Next President Ensure Competitiveness in the Health Care Marketplace?” which discusses consolidation. The drive to build a continuum of care that rewards value over volume is unlikely to abate because it’s what consumers demand. Building that continuum of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: consolidation

MedPAC discusses policy options related to consolidation

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission today discussed potential Medicare policy responses to consolidation and integration in the health care market, ranging from expanding site-neutral payment to making it easier for providers to participate in accountable care organizations. Commissioners had varying... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, consolidation, Medicare, nurses, emergency care

A Victory for the Future of Health Care

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The Department of Justice got it just right when it focused its challenge to Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana on the harm to quality and innovation in health care. DOJ echoed the exact arguments we made repeatedly before antitrust officials, Congress and others about how... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers

Tackling Outdated Regulatory Barriers that Impede Health Care Transformation

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A new report released today examines some of the most detrimental legal barriers that hospitals and physicians face whenever they try to work together to transform the delivery of patient care. Unquestionably, these barriers impede the hospital field’s efforts to move from a payment system based on volume... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, antitrust

Average 2016 Marketplace premium change varied widely, often related to insurer competition

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The average premium change between 2015 and 2016 for the lowest-cost silver plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace varied widely by state, from a 12.1% decrease in Indiana to a 41.8% increase in Oklahoma, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute. The finding is based on the premium for a... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: consolidation, Coverage

Missouri's Block of Aetna-Humana Merger is Good for Consumers

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The following post is written by Herb B. Kuhn, President and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association and Jane Drummond, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs of the Missouri Hospital Association.

This week, Missouri’s Department of Insurance announced it would block the merged Aetna and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, Coverage, access, antitrust

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