More unintended consequences, which make good stories! Several reporters and news outlets have been doing outstanding work on the market concentration beat. Last year the National Journal’s Margot Sanger-Katz reported on the Chicago hospital mergers and concluded that as hospitals consolidate, “the 2010 health care reform law is likely to make it much worse. A law designed to lower costs will likely raise them instead.” One of the reasons, she wrote, is that current regulations protect new Accountable Care Organizations being set up by hospital systems from tough anti-trust scrutiny. (Accountable Care Organizations are HMO-like organizations that are responsible for managing the care of a given population.)
There’s much more to report on, and Porter’s piece offers another template for further exploration.
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