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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s has moved to sue Sutter Health, alleging anticompetitive business practices leading to higher prices for employers and patients. Media coverage highlights that the lawsuit relies on a newly released Petris Center report on consolidation in California’s health care markets. Coverage discusses Becerra’s response to the report’s key finding that people living in areas where there is greater consolidation among hospitals, physician groups and insurance companies pay more for health care. The report has been featured in media such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, SF Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, The Hill, Mercury News, Kaiser Health News, and the San Francisco Business Times.
You can read the newly released Petris Center report “Consolidation in California’s Health Care Market 2010-2016: Impact on Prices and ACA Premiums” here. You can also listen to the audio of the press conference with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, announcing the release of the report, here.