Continued mergers lead to mega-regional hospital systems

The ongoing hospital mergers and acquisitions are leading to the creation of mega-regional hospital systems that may put standalone and smaller systems at a competitive disadvantage, Becker's Hospital Review has reported. Such deals included Northwestern Memorial HealthCare's merger with Cadence Health, which then merged with KishHealth, creating a huge regional provider in the Chicago area with six hospitals and some 4,000 employees. However, there are potential pitfalls to such mergers, such as the possibility of the federal government to step in due to antitrust concerns, and that such mergers could wind up not creating any benefits due to a clash of corporate cultures. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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