small fish chasing big fish on chalkboard drawing In 2018, 91 percent of hospital beds were in system-affiliated hospitals in 2018, up from 88 percent in 2016. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Over the past several years, consolidation among hospitals has been drastically changing the health care landscape. In addition, consolidations of physicians and hospitals into vertically integrated health systems has grown rapidly from 2016 to 2018, according to a study published in the August edition of Health Affairs. 

Such consolidation is yielding highly concentrated markets along both horizontal and vertical dimensions. The authors called for future research to examine the drivers of consolidation, variation in performance by ownership type, and the ramifications of increased consolidation on cost, access and quality of care.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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