Seventy-four percent of community hospitals participating in the third annual Anthelio/Community 100 community hospital survey said they planned to seek out partners while retaining ownership, while the number of hospitals planning to join accountable care organizations also fell.

“The results of this survey indicate that the continuing financial pressures on community hospitals are forcing a majority to develop plans to integrate with other organizations,” said Asif Ahmad, CEO of Dallas-based technology and services vendor Anthelio. “However, the survey shows that 74 percent of responding community hospitals are only willing to pursue partnerships with other hospitals that do not relinquish ownership, and only 9 percent will consider consolidation with a hospital system compared to 41 percent last year.”

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