Becker’s Hospital Review: Mergers improve care outcomes for rural hospitals, study finds

EXCERPT: “Mergers and acquisitions improved patient care outcomes for rural hospitals, a new study published in JAMA Network Open suggests. For the case-control study, researchers affiliated with IBM Watson Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, analyzed data from 172 merged hospitals and 266 comparison hospitals that remained independent from 2009 to 2016. The researchers sought to understand the difference in patient mortality pre and post merger for common conditions.” FULL STORY: