by Max Brantley
It's expected to make the combine a "must-have" for health insurance companies. That means the insurance companies will pay greater reimbursements. That means higher premiums for patients. It's also seen as a way to cope with new "bundled" insurance payments for health care coverage, rather than straight fees for services. The combine will also make the hospitals more "efficient." They will use fewer employees and duplicate services to reach the same number of patients.
No it's not about UAMS and St. Vincent. But it could be.