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Robert Town

Health Law Goals Face Antitrust Hurdles

“Hospital consolidation generally results in higher prices,” concluded a recent survey of existing studies by Mr. Gaynor and Robert Town of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “When hospitals merge in already concentrated markets, the price increase can be dramatic, often ...

Health systems turning to clinical quality to determine compensation

"The key thing is just because they are nonprofit institutions doesn't mean they are not trying to maximize profit," said Robert Town, a health economist at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In the Milwaukee area, this can be seen in the new hospitals, new towers, new ...

Obamacare side effect: More hospitals expected to merge under Affordable Care Act

“Hospital consolidation generally results in higher prices,” according to the report by Martin Gaynor of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and Robert Town of the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. “Ultimately, increases in health care costs (which are generally paid ...

Healthcare.gov's next hurdle: Fixing the part you don't see

“Between the enrollee and the IRS and homeland security, and insurance department and information hub that is healthcare.gov,” says Robert Town, a professor of health care management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. That's a whole lot of organizations because there's a ...

Eduardo Porter: St. Luke’s case reflects conflicting U.S. laws

“Hospital consolidation generally results in higher prices,” concluded a recent survey of existing studies by Gaynor and Robert Town of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “When hospitals merge in already concentrated markets, the price increase can be dramatic, often ...

Despite concerns about Obamacare, big employers not abandoning health benefits

"At the margin, it is not going to have a big impact on whether employers drop coverage," said Robert Town, a health economist at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Hansen noted one commonly cited reason: Employers offer health benefits to retain and attract workers ...

New Report: Nurses Practicing Independently in Retail Clinics Deliver Significant Cost Savings for M...

MINNETONKA, Minn.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--A new study co-led1 by UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Center for Nursing Advancement shows that nurse practitioners (NPs) practicing in retail clinics have the potential to deliver significant cost savings when treating a range of common conditions, with ...

Data on what hospitals 'charge' for 100 common inpatient procedures released

" Robert Town, a health economist at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, agreed that information on charges only adds to the confusion about health care prices. A hospital's charges, he added, has "zero effect" on the prices negotiated by health insurers. Patti Unruh, a ...

Health News UCSF Researchers Offer Solutions to Looming Health Care Provider Shortage

The United States faces a severe shortage of primary health care providers, due to a wave of aging baby boomers, epidemics of diabetes and obesity, and the Affordable Care Act, which aims to bring health care coverage to millions more Americans. In a series of papers published in the November ...

The missing villain in the healthcare drama : Columbia Journalism Review

He cited the work of Carnegie Mellon’s Martin Gaynor and the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert Town. Gaynor has noted more than 1,000 hospital-system mergers since the mid-1990s. Town reports that 20 years ago there were on average about four rival hospital systems about equal in size ...

Yet another way Obamacare stymies health care innovation

What drives value creation and innovation in the US economy? Competition. (I once asked the head of the McKinsey Global Institute how to make America more innovative. The reply: “Maximum competitive intensity.” Love it. ) Well, make that most of the US economy. In a fifth of the economy, the ...

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