Hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, according to an AHA-commissioned study by Charles River Associates, unveiled today at a briefing in Washington, D.C. The study found that hospital mergers between 2009 and 2014 reduced annual operating expenses at acquired hospitals by 2.5%, equating to $5.8 million, and are driving quality improvements and upgrades to the facilities and services.

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