America’s Essential Hospitals filed an amicus brief June 19, supporting the reversal of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho’s ruling to dissolve the affiliation between St. Luke’s Health System and Saltzer Medical Group. The association supports essential hospitals’ ability to integrate with other organizations to strengthen access to high-quality, cost-effective care for all patients. Given the relatively small proportion of commercial insurers in essential hospitals’ payer mix, decreasing competition to gain leverage with commercial insurers is not essential hospitals’ intention with integration.
The association argues in the amicus brief that integration between essential hospitals and providers encourages competition and benefits communities. These benefits include improving quality and patient outcomes, aligning hospital and physician incentives, promoting term-based medicine, facilitating care coordination and real-time sharing of robust electronic health record systems, and enabling a shift to value- and risk-based payment models.
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