Hospital Integration Not Linked With Better Care, Payment Reforms, Study Finds – Becker’s Hospital Review

Read article - Features a study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth, the University of California Berkeley, and Tufts Medical Center, examining the effect hospital consolidation has on quality outcomes. "Our findings have important implications for current debates about whether the potential benefits of financial integration are sufficient to outweigh the potential harm of reduced competition," the researchers concluded. "The finding of dramatic variations in quality scores across hospitals and practices in each ownership category also argues that financial integration might not be needed to improve care delivery."