New York Presbyterian and Empire extend contract

From Anthem Health:   New York-Presbyterian and Empire BlueCross BlueShield have agreed to a multiyear deal to keep the 10-hospital health system in Empire’s network. The accord ends a public fight that stoked fears that about 300,000 NYP patients would face higher out-of-network charges next year. The agreement will also maintain Empire members’ access to New York-Presbyterian’s medical groups, including …

MUSC expanding Statewide

MUSC is expanding in South Carolina, purchasing four community hospitals in Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Mullins. This is likely the beginning of the hospital empire-building process that has already happened in the larger urban areas of the country.  In many areas of the US, the healthcare is dominated by 2-3 large hospital networks.  The advantage is it feeds their specialty …