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Hospital Mergers Need Further Scrutiny To Maintain Competition, Researchers Say

Thursday, February 14, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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The Houston Chronicle (2/13, Deam) reports that “health care consolidation and the integration of hospital and doctor services not only fail to improve quality, but also reduce patient satisfaction,” according to Rice University researchers. The study published in Medical Care and Research Review “examined 29 quality measures reported to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s Hospital Compare database between 2008 and 2015.” Study co-author Marah Short said that limited competition means “less incentive to keep patients content or happy.” The researchers urged “regulators to scrutinize hospital mergers, take steps to maintain competition and lower barriers that make it difficult for new competitors to enter the market.” 

 

Source: AMA Morning Rounds Feb 14, 2019