Hospitals

BI-Lahey merger gets a break on cost growth

BI-Lahey merger gets a break on cost growth

State officials remove benchmark mandate they enforced with Partners

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS stripped language from a document that would have required the merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health to prove they’ll meet legislatively mandated cost growth benchmarks, a requirement officials made sure was adopted as part of the recent merger between Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The(...)

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Electronic opioid scripts save lives

Electronic opioid scripts save lives

Passing Baker's bill is key to stemming the overdose crisis

A HEARING EARLIER this month on Beacon Hill underscored the critical need for Massachusetts-specific solutions to the nation’s opioid crisis. As the Legislature prepares next steps to address this critical issue, it would do well to consider a bill recently proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker that would capitalize on technological advances to help address the(...)

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Report documents community hospital woes

Report documents community hospital woes

See fewer patients, receive lower rates from insurers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE COMMUNITY HOSPITALS IN MASSACHUSETTS face a “self-reinforcing cycle of challenges” that makes their traditional business model unsustainable as more patients choose larger academic medical centers like those in Boston for routine care, according to a report released Monday and prompted by the closure of hospitals in Quincy and North Adams. The(...)

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