Martin Gaynor, Adam Sacarny, Raffaella Sadun, Chad Syverson, Shruthi Venkatesh, 16 January 2022

Despite the current wave of US hospital mergers, it is unclear how they change behaviour and performance. This column ‘opens the black box’ of hospital practices by analysing a mega-merger between two for-profit chains. Benchmarking the merger’s actual effects against the acquirer’s stated aims, its shows that while the merger achieved some goals – harmonising electronic medical records and sending managers to target hospitals – it produced few gains in overall performance. Further research is needed into the impact of mergers on the healthcare industry specifically and the economy more broadly.

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