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A recent article by the Daily Californian, “UC Berkeley study finds link between hospital consolidation, higher prices for patients,” cites the Petris Center’s September report that shows an association between a rise in ACA premiums and increasing hospital consolidation in Northern California.
The piece quotes Petris Center Director Dr. Richard Scheffler and shows that the “price increases that we document in this study have real relevance for the Berkeley community,” and that hospital consolidation in the Bay Area has led to “many physician groups now owned by hospitals or health systems.” Scheffler’s comments indicate that more attention from regulators and legislators is key in the future.
Check out the rest of the Daily Cal article here.
Read the full Petris report here.