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Michigan-based Spectrum, Lakeland Health consider merger

Michigan-based Spectrum, Lakeland Health consider merger

By Jay Greene  |  July 11, 2018

Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health, one of Michigan's largest not-for-profit health systems, and Lakeland Health, a three-hospital system based in St. Joseph, have signed a letter of intent and expect to merge by Oct. 1, officials said Wednesday.

Is private equity helping or hurting healthcare?

Is private equity helping or hurting healthcare?

By Harry Gamble  |  July 10, 2018

Some view third-party investment in physician practices as a vital trend that offers economies of scale that make healthcare more efficient. Others believe it fosters monopoly control while driving up prices. But nearly everyone agrees that further consolidation is coming.

Sanford Health to merge with Good Samaritan

Sanford Health to merge with Good Samaritan

By Alex Kacik  |  June 26, 2018

Sanford Health will merge with Good Samaritan Society, mirroring other health systems that have made a play for long-term care providers to try to better coordinate care once patients leave the hospital.

Fragmented markets inflate healthcare spending

Fragmented markets inflate healthcare spending

By Alex Kacik  |  June 25, 2018

Low-cost markets typically have at least one integrated delivery system as a significant competitor as well as closely aligned physicians and good data-sharing tools, according to a new report.

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