By Rebecca Spalding
(Reuters) – A group representing some of the largest U.S. employers has asked Congress for a year-long ban on mergers and acquisitions among hospitals and doctors groups that received government money to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pacific Business Group on Health, whose members include Boeing (NYSE:), Salesforce (NYSE:), Tesla (NASDAQ:), and Walmart (NYSE:), said in a letter addressed to congressional leaders this week that it feared that further consolidation in the healthcare industry could lead to higher costs.
Physician practices’ revenues have plummeted across the United States since shutdowns were imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as patients stay home except for emergencies.
Even before the pandemic, well-funded hospital systems were taking over smaller doctors groups and…