The impact of health plan and hospital concentration is statistically significant in predicting baseline total cost of care and growth in costs, but not as significant as other factors. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Competition isn’t the only factor in the end-cost of health care; instead, the more a market is fragmented, the higher costs tend to be.

That’s according to a report from the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Leavitt Partners and McManis Consulting, with support from the Commonwealth Fund, that looked at cost indicators using commercial data from 2012 to 2014, and Medicare data from 2007 to 2015.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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