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Written on Jan 18, 2023

High labor and supply expenses in addition to inflationary pressures will continue to batter nonprofit hospitals this year, contributing to a ‘deteriorating’ outlook for systems, according to Fitch Ratings. Still, Fitch sees some signs “that we are beginning to come out of the worst of it.” 

De facto monopolies abound in almost every health care sector: Hospitals and health systems, drug and device manufacturers, and doctors backed by private equity. The result is that U.S. health care has become a conglomerate of monopolies.  

The growing mental health crisis places an increasing and disproportionate burden on Medicaid, a new study shows. The Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed Medicaid officials in 44 states to find out how they intend to meet the challenges behavioral health conditions present in 2023 and beyond. 

By embracing new opportunities, employers have the ability to improve outcomes, reduce costs and level the playing field.