Yes, more private equity or hospital system roll-ups mean more integrated healthcare systems. But the fact of the matter is—this is what many patients want. As we and others have written about time and time again, consumers want convenience, period.
Consumers look more and more for integrated systems where they have access to urgent care, primary care, and hospitals when needed. As hospital systems and large group practices face mounting pressure from consumers, as well as competition from retail-based clinics, they will look to expand their service line offerings in 2020.