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Will the Supreme Court’s Ruling on the ACA Impact the Hospital Merger Market?

Dale C. Van Demark

Not by much – but perhaps in a unique way.

The increased pace of hospital and health system merger activity we’ve seen in the marketplace has had little to do with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). Rather, broader market conditions, some of which are affected by the ACA, have been driving hospital market consolidation. The financial crisis, which negatively impacted many hospitals’ ability to raise capital or maintain their credit ratings, and the downturn in the broader economy, which resulted in fewer people seeking care, have created the primary incentive for hospital consolidation.

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