Merge ahead: consolidation in the healthcare industry
Our healthcare experts examine the causes and effects of mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare insurance industry—and what it really means for payors, providers, and consumers.
In 2015, the health insurance industry saw two massive acquisitions that narrowed the field of major US health insurers from five to just three: Aetna, Blue Cross Shield, and United Health Group.
Many have speculated about the causes and effects of these consolidations, positing that decreased competition and increased negotiation power will raise the cost of insurance for consumers. The reality is much more complex.
To navigate the shifting healthcare landscape, it’s important to understand the pressures facing payors, providers, and consumers. Read our whitepaper to learn more.
Kelly Richard is no longer with Slalom.
Kelly Richard is a consultant in Slalom’s Chicago office. She has 10 years of collective experience in the healthcare industry, including research, clinical operations, and strategy and operations consulting for providers, payors, and pharmaceutical companies. She received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.
Jennifer Bierman is a client service partner in Slalom’s Chicago office. Her consulting career has focused on delivering complex and strategic programs in multiple industries. Since 2014, Jennifer has helped her healthcare payor client prepare for and execute open enrollment for the individual market. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Illinois.