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Growing (or Consolidation) Pains - Commentary by Aaron Katz

| Apr 7, 2014 | Washington

The American health care system has gone through spasms of consolidation over the years.  In the mid-1990s, various markets around the country experienced mergers of hospitals, a trend which slowed in the early 2000s, giving way to a spate of health plan consolidations.  The mid-2000s also saw medical practices merging...[ Read More ]

Will Narrow Networks Save Us? - Commentary by Aaron Katz

| Mar 6, 2014 | Washington

Apparently, the Affordable Care Act has allowed health insurers to do what they have long failed to get done – create products with narrow networks of “high-performing, low-cost” hospitals and doctors. This is not a new idea. Insurers in many markets around the country attempted to “incentivize” providers to lower...[ Read More ]

The October (Medicaid) Surprise, Commentary by Aaron Katz

| Feb 18, 2014

All eyes were focused on the rollout of "Obamacare" on October 1, 2013.  Of course, October 1 wasn't the start-up of the Affordable Care Act - that was three years earlier, when various new insurance regulations and small business tax credits kicked in. Rather, it was the beginning of the...[ Read More ]