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Gail Wilensky on Geisinger’s sale to Kaiser

No deal is bigger in health care right now than Kaiser Permanente’s takeover of Geisinger. It came out of nowhere and will lead to the formation of a new national mega-system of integrated health systems. Naturally, people want to know which dominoes are next to fall into this organization, called Risant Health. But an even more basic question keeps coming to the fore: Why?


Well, a major impetus that pushed Geisinger was the relentless consolidation of its competitors, particularly UPMC and Highmark, Geisinger board member Gail Wilensky said in an interview with me. It’s an answer that could foreshadow which systems are eager to join.

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