Why this matters
- Analysis of a national database of medical claims offers new insight into the relative clout of physicians and insurers with varying amounts of market share.
- The study, published in Health Affairs, shows that smaller medical practices and health plans are often outmaneuvered by larger competitors.
- Small doctor's offices billed insurers an average of $72 for an uncomplicated, routine visits; larger practices billed $86 on average.
- Similarly, smaller health plans end up paying more than big ones, the stud...