Unlike the authors of the study, I have no doubt that the effects of consolidation to larger practices will just make them a meatier target for large health systems to take over. There is virtually no chance that the kind of consolidation we see in healthcare will result in an economy of scale that benefits patients or drives down costs. The examples of consolidation in the healthcare industry mostly point to concentrating power and escalating prices due the cartel-like relationship of PPO networks to large higher-cost providers. – The Sovereign Patient
US physicians are increasingly moving from smaller to larger group practices, a new study has shown.