Udow-Phillips says the deal will give the new Beaumont Health "significant leverage and it increases their negotiating ability with the health plans in the region."
"It probably doesn't change too much from a clinical care perspective," she says. "One would hope that they are better on integration and coordination of care for patients who see physicians in these systems. But I don't think it will change too much of the profile of who is delivering what and where in the region."
Udow-Phillips says the chances are good that Beaumont Health will become a reality by the end of the year, but she warns that "they aren't across the finish line yet."
"We are going to have to wait and see how things play out," she says. "They seem to have settled the CEO issue, at least initially. We have to see what the roles are for the boards and the other leaders of these organizations over time. There is much yet to come on this one, but for right now they seem to be on a pretty good path to success of bringing this together."