Tag: hospital mergers

Ridiculous hospital bills and mergers; when will this insanity end?

Ridiculous hospital bills and mergers; when will this insanity end? As a healthcare provider who works hard to do the right thing, insurers have been predatory on hospitals and healthcare providers for years.  The result has been hitting consumers in the pocketbook. Smaller practices that care and offer patient-centered care continue to be starved of revenue. At the same time, they evaluate the possibility of working for corporate medical practices where nobody knows who you are. Welcome to conveyor belt medicine where the hospital model is 15 minutes of primary care as you enter a system of visiting doctor after Read More »

Hospital mergers may be bad for our health and our wallet according to the NY Times.

Hospital mergers may be bad for our health and our wallet according to the NY Times. The trend toward hospital mergers has been accelerating nationally.  In NJ, the Horizon Omnia network accelerated mergers by placing small hospitals in tier 2, making them more expensive and hurting them financially.  Other predatory practices by insurers nationally have resulted in mega networks that have resulted in higher healthcare costs. There may be another side effect of large population health based chains that may adversely affect your health according to the NY Times. Hospital chains have been claiming for years that larger chains will Read More »

Those hospital mergers are costing us big bucks according to the NY Times.

Those hospital mergers are costing us big bucks according to the NY Times. You may have noticed that the big hospital systems have been getting bigger.  One major reason is the predatory nature of insurance companies who try to isolate and then negotiate prices with hospitals that have little negotiating clout.  Horizons Omnia plan that created tiers and made people who visited tier 2 hospitals and providers pay more, while warping the marketplace. Hospitals that merge create an economic block that owns a large part of their geographic area.  Insurance companies must now negotiate with them and the result is Read More »