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GAO will study hospital consolidation impact on cost

Senators and representatives can ask the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look into issues of public interest.  One of Washington State’s solons, Rep. Jim McDermott, has asked for a study of consolidation — hospital mergers and also the acquisition of physician practices and outpatient facilities by hospitals.  Rep. McDermott has a concern about hospital costs, facility fees in particular, but also the clout exercised by large entities in a market.  The commissioning of this project has just been announced, so the release of the GAO report is somewhere down the pike a ways, but it will be interesting when it comes out.

Source: Bauman, V.  Congressman McDermott asks: are bigger hospitals better for patients?  Puget Sound Business Journal, Aug. 19, 2013.  Click here for full text: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/health-care-inc/2013/08/congressman-mcdermott-asks-can.html?s=print  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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