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Podcast: Analyzing consolidation’s effects

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“As more and more health insurers and providers merge, it’s important to look at the potential impact on the cost and quality of health care.

“In the latest episode of New Directions in Health Care, The Commonwealth Fund’s podcast, Sandy Hausman talks with the fund’s Eric Schneider, M.D., and Northwestern University’s Leemore Dafny about the need for federal regulators to consider how consolidation and loss of competition can drive up prices, even as it opens up opportunities for more-coordinated care. They also discuss the need for greater price and cost transparency to ensure consumers are protected.”

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