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Calif. Hospital Association chief defends consolidation efforts
Modern Healthcare

Responding to a story in the Wall Street Journal, California Hospital Association President and CEO C. Duane Dauner said Friday that criticisms of hospital efforts to coordinate and consolidate operations are unwarranted, especially when such changes are driven by government regulations. The newspaper reported that California Attorney General Kamala Harris has been sending civil investigative demands to health systems in an apparent probe to see whether consolidation among hospitals and physicians has driven up prices by giving healthcare providers bargaining clout with payers.

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