When Hospitals Buy Doctors’ Offices, and Patient Fees Soar



Healthcare has seen a great deal of mergers and acquisitions over the past few years.  As this trend continues it’s important for both hospital and physicians to streamline processes after an acquisition to benefit the patients they serve.  The two greatest issues that concern consumers is quality of care and cost.  When either of these two areas breakdown it puts unwanted pressure on the patient to find a new providers which is extremely time consuming and frustrating to maneuver.    The whole premise of the Affordable Care Act is to provide coverage to the consumer at a reasonable cost while increasing quality of care the providers delivers.  The attached NY Times article highlights that there are areas that will need to be modified to make this happen.