Plan and Provider Consolidation: Better Coordination or Price Gouging?


Senior Attorney


Dedicated to affordable, quality healthcare and coverage for all Americans.
January 15, 2016

Consolidations are increasing the market power of hospitals, physicians and insurers in ways that may ultimately act as a major cost driver in the U.S. healthcare system. The industry claims consolidation leads to better care coordination, health outcomes, innovation and cost savings through efficiencies, but does the research suggest the same?

This Hub webinar provided an in-depth discussion on plan and provider consolidation, the impact on consumers and the tool set available to advocates to prevent or mitigate the negative effects of consolidation.


Leemore Dafny ( Slides )
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Dena Mendelsohn ( Slides )
Consumers Union

Lynn Quincy
Healthcare Value Hub (Moderator)

Chapin White ( Slides ) ( Chapin’s reading list on provider consolidation )



From the Healthcare Value Hub and Consumers Union

In the News

State attorneys general joining probe of health insurer mergers, Reuters (Jan. 11, 2016)

Other Resources