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

AHA News

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

Report finds hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

AHA News

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

Federal judge blocks Aetna-Humana merger

AHA News

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Jan. 23 prohibited two of the nation’s largest health insurers from merging, concluding that the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana was likely to substantially lessen competition for individual Medicare Advantage plans in all 364 counties challenged... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, antitrust

DOJ files lawsuits against Anthem, Aetna deals

AHA News

The Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed lawsuits in District of Columbia federal court to block Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana.

The DOJ’s complaints said the deals would harm innovation and quality in health care, arguments the AHA made repeatedly in its analyses and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers

Health plan consolidation raises serious concerns

AHA News

The two major proposed mergers in the health insurance sector – Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna – should trouble providers and consumers, because evidence suggests health plan consolidation is bad for patients, said panelists during a May 2 executive briefing at the AHA annual meeting.

“The national... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, mergers

House passes SMARTER Act

AHA News

The House March 23 voted 235-171 to pass the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act, AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies.

The legislation is intended to harmonize disparities in the way merger reviews... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, administrative simplification

AHA urges Congress to pass SMARTER Act

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The AHA Oct. 7 urged Congress to pass the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (SMARTER) Act, S. 2102/H.R.2745, legislation that would standardize the merger review process so that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would be required to rely exclusively on the federal courts to... read more

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

AHA to Congress: Health insurance consolidation could harm consumers, providers

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Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana “would further concentrate an already heavily concentrated health insurance industry by eliminating two of the largest five insurers, and result in negative consequences for both health care consumers and providers,” AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, mergers

Health insurance consolidation threatens consumers and health care, the AHA warns

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The “unprecedented” consolidation that would result from recently announced health insurance company acquisitions threatens consumers and the nation’s health care system, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack Sept. 22 told a Senate Judiciary Committee panel.

Pollack warned lawmakers about the potential harm... read more

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

Proposed insurance consolidations raise concerns

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Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana have “the very real potential” to substantially reduce competition and the insurers’ willingness to partner with health care providers and consumers in transforming care, the AHA told the Department of Justice in an Aug. 5 ... read more

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

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