Critics say consolidation puts profits before coordination

The desire to better coordinate the delivery of healthcare services may also drive up the cost of that care, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. For example, providers such as Partners Healthcare are behemoths, collecting 28 cents of every dollar spent on healthcare services in Massachusetts and becoming the state's largest employer through a series of mergers and acquisitions, according to Businessweek. Although Partners' management said it strives to coordinate care, state regulators recently prodded the organization to cut a deal on the prices it charges for services to the overall rate of inflation until the end of this decade. Read the full article from FierceHealthFinance