November 8, 2022
  • A new Health Affairs study found that more health systems are targeting to acquire hospitals outside of their existing geographic regions. The researchers found that 55 percent of the 1,500 hospitals targeted for a merger or acquisition between 2019 or 2019 were located in a different commuting zone than the acquirer. During that same period, the number of health systems located in urban commuting zones that “potentially” could wield increased cross-market negotiating power grew by 54 percent. The researchers say the finding “warrants concern and scrutiny” due to possible anti-competitive power during payer negotiations. (Study here; Articles here and here)