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Wages Concept Excluding‌ ‌high-cost-providers‌ ‌is‌ ‌difficult‌ ‌in‌ ‌consolidated‌ ‌markets‌ ‌where‌ ‌those‌ ‌providers‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌the‌ ‌only‌ ‌option. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A‌ ‌new‌ ‌report‌ ‌shows‌ ‌hospital‌ ‌and‌ ‌health‌ ‌systems‌ ‌are‌ ‌continuing‌ ‌to‌ ‌consolidate,‌ ‌driving‌ ‌up‌ ‌prices,‌ ‌and‌ ‌finds‌ ‌that‌ ‌strategies‌ ‌to‌ ‌hold‌ ‌down‌ ‌those‌ ‌costs‌ ‌have‌ ‌had‌ ‌limited‌ ‌effects.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ The‌ ‌report,‌ ‌by‌ ‌‌Georgetown‌ ‌University’s‌ ‌Center‌ ‌on‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Insurance‌ ‌Reforms‌‌ ‌(CHIR),‌ ‌looked‌ ‌at‌ ‌six‌ ‌mid-sized‌ ‌markets.‌ ‌The‌ ‌researchers‌ ‌point‌ ‌to‌ ‌rising‌ ‌provider‌ ‌prices‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌key‌ ‌factor‌ ‌driving‌ ‌health‌ ‌care‌ ‌cost‌ ‌increases‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌

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