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Many areas have seen more than 50 percent consolidation of providers or insurers, which has raised the stakes in provider-payer contract negotiations. (Image: Shutterstock)

Consolidation on both the payer and provider side of health care is heightening the disruption caused by contract negotiations between the two parties, a new study from finds. And although the disputes are usually resolved at some point, consumers can suffer both financial and health risks when the disputes move providers into out-of-network status.

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