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Health Care Industry Consolidation and Coverage: Health Care Trends

Learning Objectives
1. Identify current trends in health care consolidation and coverage
2. Describe factors contributing to widespread consolidation in health care
3. Recognize effects of health care coverage on patient access to care
4. Explain predicted impacts of health care consolidation and coverage trends for patients, physicians, payers and policymakers
0.75 Credit CME

As part of the Health Care Trends series, in this course you will learn about both health care industry consolidation and health care coverage trends. Consolidation includes trends on merger and acquisition (M&As) activities among hospitals and health systems, physician practices, and proposed mergers of pharmacies and health insurers. The health care coverage section cites trends among several patient populations: underinsured, uninsured, the ACA, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicare. The course also posits projected impacts of these trends.

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Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Renewal Date: June 18, 2020

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.75 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.75 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.75 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

0.75 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.


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