The Latest Challenge to Health Privacy: Health Care Consolidation

Source: Mark A. Rothstein, University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2014-16, May 13, 2014

From the abstract:
The American health care industry is undergoing a transformation in several respects, including the substantial integration and consolidation of health care providers. Three of the leading ways in which this is taking place are through mergers of hospitals and health systems, development of accountable care organizations (networks of providers that share responsibility for coordinating patient care), and hospitals purchasing physician practices. There has been considerable discussion about the effects of consolidation on health care cost and quality, but there has been virtually no discussion about the significant effects of consolidation on health privacy.