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Congress has signaled a crackdown on provider consolidation. Experts say it's too late

December 06, 2018 / Paige Minemyer

Experts warn that increasing consolidation in healthcare is driving up prices, and that has caught the attention of lawmakers in recent months. Now a new report suggests the healthcare market has already experienced so much consolidation that policymakers should take steps to ease pricing concerns in the markets that are already concentrated instead of focusing solely on potential future deals. The Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, dove into trends in provider consolidation and offered several policy goals it says could ease some of the price and access concerns associated with a merger-happy market. Though the industry has yet to lose its appetite for consolidation, many provider markets are already concentrated.