In the News: Matt Lewis' research on hospital mergers Jun 22, 2015

Professor Matthew Lewis' research on hospital mergers was cited in Saturday's WSJ ediotrial, "Obamacare's Oligopoly Wave." The editorial notes the tendency or regulation to spur oligopolistic forms of industry. Evidence in Lewis' research paper, co-authored with his former student Kevin Pflum, finds that mergers allow hospitals to exploit greater bargaining power when negotiating with managed care organizations, accounting for a significant increase in net reimbursement rates. The paper by Lewis and Pflum, "Diagnosing Hospital System Bargaining Power in Managed Care Networks" was published in the February 2015 issue of American Economic Journal: Economic Policy