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Partners CEO makes his pitch

Partners CEO makes his pitch

Torchiana says hospital system isn’t Public Enemy No. 1

Photographs by Frank Curran DAVID TORCHIANA, THE CEO OF PARTNERS HEALTHCARE, speaks very softly for a man who is 6-feet-6, weighs north of 200 pounds, and goes by the nickname of Torch. He is sitting one morning in early March at a table in an 11th floor conference room at the Prudential Center, where the(...)

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About that hot dog

About that hot dog

A rundown of the magazine's highlights

Thomas Farragher at the Boston Globe wrote a column recently about the struggle between hospital haves and have-nots. He likened struggling community hospitals such as Holyoke Medical Center to a push-cart vendor who sets the price of his hot dogs at 60 cents apiece even though they cost $1 to produce. Meanwhile, Massachusetts General and(...)

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Value should determine a drug’s price

Value should determine a drug’s price

But how should value be determined?

WHEN YOU LAST PURCHASED A VEHICLE, did you ask the dealership how much your car cost to manufacture? Chances are, you were more interested in the car’s durability and safety features – and you were willing to pay for higher quality. Look at the pharmaceutical sector, and a completely different set of logic is being(...)

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The legacy of community health centers

The legacy of community health centers

Collaboration now key to better care, savings

IT HAS BEEN 50 YEARS since the government health care program called Medicaid and the Community Health Center (CHC) movement began bringing quality health care to millions.  Faced with high need and limited budgets, these federal programs in the War on Poverty became accidental incubators for health care innovation.  As we acknowledge their anniversaries, and Massachusetts historic(...)

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