Schaeffer Center researchers found that most hospital systems span across markets and states with higher system participation were more likely to have below median per capita hospital spending. Their work suggests that researchers and policymakers should consider hospital system membership separately from market concentration.
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Hospitals and healthcare systems are under increasing pressure to improve outcomes while reducing costs. This comes as they are also grappling with policy changes, new technologies, and an aging population. Schaeffer Center researchers are analyzing these effects and what they mean for healthcare and health outcomes overall.