Interesting article in Bloomberg today about how Hospitals are buying all of the doctors practices up, and directing care. While this is not a new phenomenon in some areas (like New York City, LA and Seattle) it is going to limit choices, as your health plan directs you to the hospital and doctors they want you to use….
“For now, UnitedHealth remains the colossus astride it all. The insurance giant has spent the past decade steadily adding physicians to its ranks, fortifying itself against competing insurers as well as hospitals who are buying up physicians. Once the physician groups it bought from DaVita Inc. are fully under its wing later this year, UnitedHealth’s OptumCare unit will have one of the largest collections of doctors in the U.S.”