PAI Urges Congress to Scrutinize Rapid Consolidation In Health Care

In a letter last week to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) detailed the extent and impact of rapid consolidation that is occurring across the health care marketplace.  PAI expressed support for Congressional scrutiny into the potential concerns about a system dominated by large, powerful entities with enormous market power. The letter warns this trend can lead to higher prices for consumers, anticompetitive marketplace behavior designed to thwart competitors, restrictions on physician decision-making on patient care issues and limitations on patients’ choice in and access to prescription drugs.

PAI urged review of federal policies that have fueled this trend towards hospital-driven consolidation, as well as relief from outdated policies that restrict physicians from competing on a level-playing field with hospitals and other corporate entities that are moving quickly to dominate various aspects of the health care delivery system.

“The vital role that physicians play in our health care system – providing high quality, cost-effective care to patients – should not be undermined by the push towards corporatization” said North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) CEO Robert W. Seligson, who serves as PAI’s President.   “It is important to advance policies that encourage and support greater competition throughout the health care marketplace, including competition by physician-led organizations.”

Seligson also was quoted in a ModernHealthcare article [registration required to access] on PAI’s letter.

Read the letter.


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