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Health Care Costs

Health system consolidation: Can employer groups, brokers survive it?

By Dan Cook Evidence suggests that consolidation among health systems leads to higher prices for services and stable or lower quality of care. Health care systems have been buying up one another, and physician practices, at an alarming rate. The 115 announced health care system deals in 2017 was a record, with 2018’s 90 close …

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Five Ways Employers Can Save on Health Care Costs

In recent years, many companies have been dealing with rising health care costs largely by transferring more of the expense and risk on to their employees. But some employers have found smarter, more creative ways to limit health costs without further burdening valued employees. Here are some of the best solutions: Pharmacy benefit managers. Pharmacy …

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