By Stephen M. Shortell, Brent D. Fulton, and Leeann N. Comfort | Published October 13, 2021 in Health Affairs Blog | Link to Full Article
People living in rural America have lower incomes, less education, and are in poorer health than those living in other areas of the United States. For more than a century, these measures have been “sticky” with little change despite many efforts to do so.
This article explores methods of supporting the development of these communities.
Richard Scheffler acted as a panelist at a webinar hosted by the Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care, an advocacy group promoting value-based care as a path to sustainability for independent physicians and practices. The webinar discussed provider consolidation’s impact on health outcomes and how best to ensure provider competitive behavior instead. Specifically, Dr. Scheffler touched on issues related to increasing private equity investments and vertical integration in healthcare, effects on prices, and next steps at the legislative level.
The title is “Addressing Consolidation in Health Care Markets: The Impact of Provider Consolidation on Cost and Quality.” Take a look here — 10:10 to 27:20.