by [color=#093d72]anna wilde mathews
call it the united state of health care.
amid enormous pressure to cut costs, improve care and prepare for changes tied to the federal health-care overhaul, major players in the industry are staking out new ground, often blurring the lines between businesses that have traditionally been separate.
are bulking up into huge systems, merging with one another and building extensive new [color=#093d72]doctor
work forces. they are exploring insurance-like setups, including direct approaches to employers
that cut out the health-plan middleman.
wsj's anna mathews joins the news hub to discuss the changing face of health care in the u.s. as a result of pressure to cut costs. ap photo.
</div>on the other side, [color=#093d72]insurers
are buying health-care providers, or seeking to work with them on new cooperative deals and payment models that share the risks of health coverage. and [color=#093d72]employers
are starting to take a far more active role in their [color=#093d72]workers' care