A new report catalogs state laws that attempt to regulate or encourage competition within healthcare markets in the face of industry consolidations.
States are taking a number of measures to regulate hospital and provider competition within their borders as healthcare sector consolidation accelerates, a new study has found.
The joint report,State Policies on Provider Market Power, from the National Academy of Social Insurance and Catalyst for Payment Reform catalogs state laws that attempt to regulate or encourage competition within healthcare markets in the face of this wave of consolidations.
"Really, it's not a best-practices type of study. It just shows what exists," says Shaudi Bazzaz, Program Manager at CPR, and a coauthor of the report. "It is difficult to say what works because so much of healthcare is market specific. What works in one market might not work in another."
"There are a lot of dynamics that go into healthcare pricing, hospital costs, and all that. The paper is not saying what is the best thing to and that would be a very difficult thing to do as a generalization."
Among the findings: