Pooling medical specialties and aggregating similar treatments can help providers offer higher-quality care to patients and improve outcomes. Streamlining and consolidating hospital services helps providers focus on a narrower range of things they do well and deploy scarce capital more effectively.
Some organizations will need to consider mergers and acquisitions, while others must reconfigure clinics to better serve local demand for patient services, or improve outcome per dollar spent for strategically prioritized patient groups. Once opportunities for transformation have been identified, providers need to ensure that changes are delivered smoothly, without disruption of service.
The consolidation of hospital services is being driven by a variety of competing factors.
The factors driving consolidation include:
The factors limiting consolidation include: