Features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
 and market trends are driving a major realignment of the health care system. To better serve their patients and communities, hospitals are strengthening ties to each other and physicians in response to new global and fixed payment schemes, incentives for improved quality and efficiency, implementation of electronic medical records systems, and greater coordination across the health care continuum. Much of this realignment involves mergers and acquisitions. Health plans and other consolidation critics claim hospital realignment leads to higher prices and higher premium growth. These allegations are completely inconsistent with data showing price growth at historically record lows.

Resources

VHHA comments to State Corporation Commission for May 25, 2016 hearing on Anthem/Cigna transaction

Missouri Dept of Insurance order prohibiting Aetna from getting license to sell MA products in MO

Whatley Kallas LLP Anthem-Cigna Letter

Study Finds No Systematic Quantifiable Relationship Between Price and Concentration

Realignment Realities: Industry Experts Weigh In

Hospital Realignments: Understanding Consolidation in the 21st Century

Teaming Up for Patients

Recognizing the Importance of Hospital Realignment for Communities and Patients

In the News

Who benefits from insurance mega-deals?

Why Hospital Mergers are Different

Bigger May Be Better for Health Insurers, but Doubts Remain for Consumers

AHA CEO Rich Umbdenstock defends consolidation in response to WSJ op-ed on 'hospital monopolies'

The Charge of the Uptight Brigade: Hospitals, Antitrust Theory and the Last War

Cutting healthcare costs without harming patients

Missouri should choose common-sense solution on Medicaid

Saving urban hospitals

Hospital Mergers Can Lower Costs and Improve Medical Care

Look-back Merger Reviews Flawed

Engage

Infographic: Insurance Premiums Continue to Outpace Hospital Price Growth

Infographic: The Reality of Hospital Realignment: Patient & Community Benefits

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