Sep 23, 2019

The outpatient surgery center gold rush

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UnitedHealth steering patients away from hospitals to cheaper care

Insurance giant UnitedHealth is strengthening its effort to steer patients receiving outpatient surgery away from hospitals and toward cheaper physician offices or ambulatory surgery centers, Modern Healthcare reports.

The big picture: This is part of a growing effort to address the fact that hospitals charge higher prices for the same outpatient services than other facilities.

Go deeperArrowOct 18, 2019

Small and large hospitals continue merger race

Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland is merging with a local hospital. Photo: Anne Arundel Medical Center

The hospital industry isn't just consolidating among the titans. Deals are happening frequently at the local level, too.

Why it matters: Smaller hospital deals are just as important as large system mergers because local market power is paramount in health care — people usually get care close to where they live. A combined entity reduces competition, which could give it the upper hand in negotiations with commercial health insurers in its area.

Go deeperArrowOct 4, 2019

Hospitals are getting into the housing business

Hospitals have discovered that it's not only better for patients' health if they have somewhere to live, but it's also often cheaper for the hospital to provide housing than a long inpatient stay, USA Today reports with Kaiser Health News.

The big picture: Hospitals across the country are looking at ways to address homelessness, including building their own housing units.

Go deeperArrowOct 3, 2019