STAT+: Health systems have much higher prices, only marginally better quality, new study finds
7 days ago - By STAT
The claims have become almost ubiquitous. Hospital CEO after hospital CEO stands at a podium and promises the merger being announced will improve quality and lower costs.
Once deals close, though, there tends to be little, if any, follow-up to determine whether those things actually happened. A new Journal of the American Medical Association study adds to the growing body of evidence that they don't. The authors looked across a large swath of the country's hospitals and physicians found that while quality did improve marginally, the prices paid for services delivered by health system...
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