The Benefits of Hospital Mergers

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An article in today’s Politico suggests hospital mergers are having an adverse impact on health local markets and is leading to substandard care and higher prices. But the most recent research on the subject tells a far different and less sensationalist story. A study of recent hospital mergers – those... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: mergers

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

Lack of Competition is Not Good For Consumers

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Today in a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) the AHA raised concerns about the proposed Anthem acquisition of Cigna focusing on the impact of Anthem’s affiliation with the Blue Cross Blue Shield System.

The letter states:

“Previous investigations also suggest that increased Blue plan market... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, access, antitrust

Complex Care Found at Facilities Affiliated with Hospitals and Health Systems

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A recent study that claims cancer care is more expensive because hospitals are employing more physicians is misleading and does not consider all of the facts. 

The study had several problematic areas. While it accounts for changes in the general rate of inflation, there is no indication that the authors... read more

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Tags: mergers, site neutral payment, price, care coordination

A New Coalition Voices Opposition to Health Insurance Deals

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A new coalition of consumer advocates, employers and others today announced their opposition to the proposed health insurance deals between Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna.  The Coalition to Protect Patient Choice echoes what the AHA has been saying:  That the consolidation of these companies will make... read more

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Tags: consolidation, mergers

AHA Sets the Record Straight on Consolidation Testimony

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In a letter sent to the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Committee on the Judiciary, the AHA responded to comments made by the America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) in testimony for the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform,... read more

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Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, antitrust

Aetna-Humana Merger: A Non-Stop Flight to Higher Premiums

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Insurance giant Aetna recently announced a proposal to acquire its Kentucky neighbor Humana, for $37 billion.[1] If the deal goes through, Aetna-Humana will become the nation’s largest Medicare Advantage Insurer.[2]

Among other promises, Aetna claims the deal will be good for providers and consumers... read more

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Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, Coverage, antitrust

Coordinating care to serve patients

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Hospitals are working together and with physicians and other community partners to provide patients with convenient, high quality and affordable care. Here’s how. 

 

The AHA’s President and CEO Rick Pollack will be testifying before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and... read more

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Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, Coverage, access, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Mega Insurance Deals Not Good for Consumers

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The recently announced mega deals in the insurance industry will lead to further consolidation of an already highly concentrated health insurance market and will not benefit consumers says an opinion piece in Law360. The column, authored by former policy director of the Bureau of Competition at the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: acquisitions, mergers, Coverage, access, price, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Who benefits from insurance mega-deals?

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Recent announcements about commercial insurance company acquisitions continue to send up red flags and with good reason. The question on everyone’s mind is: How can these mega-deals possibly benefit consumers? The insurance industry already is enormously concentrated and has a dismal track record of... read more

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

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