Provider Track

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Partnership Revolution: Consolidation and Collaboration as Catalysts for Healthcare Transformation

Healthcare consolidation is on fire with deals that feature major players like CVS Health, Aetna, United Health/Optum, DaVita, Cigna, Express Scripts and Amazon-Berkshire-Hathaway-JPMorgan Chase. Meanwhile, some hospitals have turned into mult-istate powerhouses, shifting from inpatient to outpatient care by acquiring or building surgicenters, urgent care clinics, freestanding EDs, micro-hospitals and virtual care centers.


But how far will consolidation fare, given the intense pressures of regulation, technology, business performance, and market shifts? How should suppliers, consumers and other stakeholders respond to the unrelenting wave of consolidation?  


Strategies range from expansion into new locations and the development of clinical niches, to service differentiation, acquisitions and creative partnerships.


Issues for discussion include:


  • How have the dynamics of consolidation changed? 

  • How should providers respond to or prepare for greater Big Tech involvement in healthcare? 

  • How will major deals like CVS Health-Aetna and Cigna-Express Scripts influence providers’ business and clinical decisions?

  • How could federal policy and political changes influence consolidation? 

  • How is consolidation likely to evolve in the years ahead? 

  • It’s 2025: How many health systems are left standing?


Tony Kilgore

Chief Executive Officer

Surgical Care Affiliates