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Vertical integration has mixed impact on quality measures

Vertical physician-hospital integration may improve quality in a small number of process of care measures, but market concentration was linked to decreases in patient satisfaction in 6 of 10 patient satisfaction scores, researchers reported in Medical Care Research and Review. Data used in the study came from the CMS Hospital Compare database for 2008 to 2015 and included readmission rates, patient satisfaction scores and process of care measurements.

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