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posted 11/17/2016
Regulators are currently weighing a merger proposal from two major health care providers in Santa Barbara County, Calif. Reporter Alex Kacik has tracked the story closely, and offers tip for others covering the consolidation trend.
posted 03/07/2016

The two largest health care providers in southern Santa Barbara County have announced plans to merge. How would such a move impact the cost, quality and access to care for the region's residents? Hospital mergers elsewhere have resulted in prices — but not necessarily quality — going up.

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Regulators are currently weighing a merger proposal from two major health care providers in Santa... more »
posted 11/17/16
The two largest health care providers in southern Santa Barbara County have announced plans to... more »
posted 03/07/16

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Critics were concerned that the merger would increase the clout of the providers in an already concentrated market and lead to higher health care costs.
The proposed merger of Cottage Health, operator of the only hospitals in South Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Valley, with Sansum Clinic, the largest physician practice in the area, raises questions about cost, quality and access to care.
The Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General have spent more than three years examining the merger proposal to weigh antitrust concerns.