Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) are systems of care providers and facilities that offer both healthcare services and health insurance coverage to patients within a geographic area. Each IDN is unique, but generally they provide primary care, acute care, specialty care (including clinics), long-term care, and home health care. The primary difference between an IDN and a hospital system is that IDNs are more heavily coordinated, offering a comprehensive set of services covered by the IDN’s insurance plan. IDNs often leverage their size to increase purchasing power, negotiating lower prices with medical device and other suppliers for their member facilities.

The announcement of a joint venture between Amazon, J.P. Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway has some industry experts concerned about the new entity’s purchasing power and whether it could unseat experienced industry players. Though the intention of the partnership is only to lower care costs and increase accessibility for employees of the three companies, the effects could reach much further.

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