Paul A. Hattis

Associate professor, Tufts University Medical School

Stories by Paul A. Hattis

Beth Israel-Lahey merger causing some jitters

Beth Israel-Lahey merger causing some jitters

Can this ‘second system’ be a true competitor to Partners?

USUALLY SUMMERTIME is not chock full of key health care developments and related news stories.  Yes, there is always the strategic late August regulatory filings from our hospitals, where annual CEO salaries are published—with hospitals hoping that most people are away on vacation and not reading newspapers. But, clearly, this summer is different.  The circus(...)

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Moving beyond health cost targets

Moving beyond health cost targets

A struggle for the soul of the Health Policy Commission

IN LATE MARCH, the board of the Health Policy Commission voted unanimously to leave the 2018 cost growth benchmark for total state health care expenditures at 3.1 percent. This target for per-person growth in health spending was set under our 2012 cost containment law as the predicted growth in the state’s overall economy for 2018(...)

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The Partners premium

The Partners premium

Dissecting the tall tales of the state’s largest health care system

IT IS INTERESTING TO WITNESS Partners HealthCare and its efforts to fend off any policy approaches that may attempt to rein-in the unwarranted high prices the company receives from commercial payers in Massachusetts.   With the Special Commission to Review Variation in Prices among Providers half way through its meetings, I guess some of the initial(...)

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Could breakup of Partners be way to go?

Could breakup of Partners be way to go?

A Mass General, Brigham divorce could make sense

WITH GOV. CHARLIE BAKER now having signed off on the legislative deal to avoid the SEIU ballot initiative which would have drastically taken commercial insurance monies away from Partners HealthCare, one wonders just how invested he is in any proposed “real” policy solutions coming out of the newly created special commission to review variation in(...)

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