An Economic Analysis of Healthcare Markets and Competition in Three States (Arnold Ventures)

Principle Investigator

Richard Scheffler, PhD

Project Period

January 1, 2021 – May 31, 2023

About the Project

Our study aims to identify healthcare markets that have anticompetitive prices, high total of
cost care, or low healthcare quality. Healthcare markets have rapidly consolidated, resulting in large hospital systems and physician organizations charging high prices without a consistent increase in quality. The lack of enforcement by states to address anticompetitive mergers and conduct is partially due to limited resources and the lack of local market-specific empirical evidence. We propose to use our economic expertise to address this.

Phase 1A

Detailed report and policy brief on Rhode Island.

Phase 1B

Collect and analyze data to select two additional states and conduct a literature review of the selected states.

Phase 2

Detailed reports and policy briefs on select topics for the latter two states.

Phase 3

Final project report of lessons learned from the states of focus and advice for other states.