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These Appalachia hospitals made big promises to gain a monopoly. They’re failing to deliver.

By Brett Kelman and Samantha Liss JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Five years ago, rival hospital companies in this blue-collar corner of Appalachia made a deal. If state lawmakers let them merge, leaving no competitors, the hospitals promised not to gouge prices or cut corners. They agreed to dozens of quality-of-care conditions, spelled out with benchmarks, and to provide […]