Have you noticed? Healthcare organizations are consolidating left, right and center—particularly the ones I've been working with recently in the Northeast Corridor. Hospitals, physicians and ancillary services are now having to adjust to this major disruption which, for many of them, is understandably difficult.
This current wave of healthcare system consolidation is also causing a lot of confusion for the remaining independent providers, home health providers, visiting nurses, special purpose centers, and last but not least, consumers.
I recently wrote a blog for Hospital Impact (the first in a series) zeroing in on the unintended consequences of healthcare systems integration. I invite you to read it here. The biggest impact I am seeing out in the field? That big consolidations are having big consequences.