The growing power of some providers to win steep payment increases from insurers suggests policy remedies may be needed
Health Affairs, 05/08/2012
Berenson RA et al. – Even in markets with dominant health plans, insurers generally have not been aggressive in constraining rate increases, perhaps because the insurers can simply pass along the costs to employers and their workers. Although government intervention—through rate setting or antitrust enforcement—has its place, the findings suggest a range of market and regulatory approaches should be examined in any attempt to address the consequences of growing provider market clout.