Adapting to the New Healthcare Ecosystem

Posted by Paul Darling on Wed, Feb 17, 2016

The evolution of U.S. healthcare gained pace and clarity as marked by some key events in 2015.  Specifically, more than 100 announced hospital mergers, three multibillion-dollar payer mergers, the successful defense of federal insurance subsidies in King v. Burwell, and the heated debate on drug prices point to an evolution with a clear direction that has important implications for life sciences companies.


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A Tale of Two Cities: How Planned Hospital Consolidations in Atlanta and Chicago Epitomize U.S. Healthcare Ecosystems in Flux

Posted by Paul Darling on Wed, Jan 27, 2016

December’s news about planned hospital consolidations in Atlanta and Chicago is a reminder of how local healthcare ecosystems are changing in different ways and at different paces. In Atlanta, the year’s steady drumbeat of hospital consolidation news culminated in WellStar Health System’s announced acquisition of Tenet Healthcare’s five regional hospitals. At the same time, healthcare players in Chicago were reeling from the news that the FTC plans to block the merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem, which would have formed one of the nation’s largest hospital systems.  


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