Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
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.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited BenefitsPRO.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical BenefitsPRO.com information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com

Already have an account?

Charles Toutant

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

More from this author



Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.