The Double-Edged Sword of Health Care Integration: Consolidation and Cost-Control
Monday, October 19, 2015
This presentation highlights the double-edged sword of efforts to integrate health care. On the one hand, integration promises to reduce fragmentation, improve care coordination, and reduce overutilization. Integration also has a potential downside: increased health care consolidation leading to markedly higher prices and undermining cost-control. Limits on federal antitrust enforcement create significant opportunities for states to tackle the ongoing wave of consolidation spurred by health care integration. This presentation offers states health policymakers a range of policy options to help them identify and address integration’s potential downside, while still retaining its benefits.