Health Data Management February 12, 2020
Paul Emerson

The last decade has brought challenges to health systems across the U.S. that include changing reimbursement models, increased reporting and compliance requirements for value-based initiatives, and other administrative burdens that have resulted in shrinking margins.

In fact, operating margins for many systems are under 3 percent, leading many organizations to partner with other providers to maintain market share and achieve new economies of scale.

In 2018 alone, there were 803 healthcare mergers and acquisitions and 858 affiliation and partnership announcements. And one recent survey found healthcare leaders cited industry consolidation as the most important healthcare trend of 2019.

But after the dust has settled, many merged systems find their partnerships have failed to deliver the promised outcomes. Individual departments and...