Healthcare Industry Consolidation and Expansion

Over the past few years, the healthcare supply chain in the United States has been undergoing intense consolidation. Hospitals networks are buying physician practices. Large physician practices are acquiring smaller practices. Even insurance companies are buying medical clinics. United Healthcare purchased DaVita Medical Group in December 2017, and, CVS is in the process of purchasing Aetna. Wal-Mart is considering purchasing Humana, and even Amazon has entered the healthcare fray by hiring several new high-powered healthcare executives and physicians to lead their healthcare revolution. All this consolidation begs the question, “What impact will this have on cost and quality in the [...]