Stew­ard and Tufts team up for health plan

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Stew­ard Health Care Sys­tem, Bos­ton, and Tufts Health Plan, Water­town, Mass., said they will of­fer a lower-cost health plan aimed at small busi­nesses in the state. Stew­ard Com­mu­nity Choice mem­bers will use hos­pi­tals and physi­cians in Stew­ard Health Care’s net­work un­less they re­quire a ser­vice that those providers don’t of­fer. Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Brigham and Women’s Hos­pi­tal, the founder or­ga­ni­za­tions of Bos­ton-based Part­ners Health­Care, will be the ter­tiary providers un­der the plan. Last month, Part­ners an­nounced that it had signed a let­ter of in­tent to ac­quire Bos­ton-based Neigh­bor­hood Health Plan, a not-for-profit man­aged-care or­ga­ni­za­tion with 240,000 mem­bers. Terms were not dis­closed. Stew­ard and Tufts hope to win ap­proval for the health plan from the Mas­sachusetts Divi­sion of In­sur­ance in time to make the prod­uct avail­able Jan. 1, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Stew­ard, formed last year by the con­ver­sion of Car­i­tas Christi Health Care into an in­vestor-owned sys­tem by pri­va­tee­quity firm Cer­berus Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment, owns eight hos­pi­tals in Mas­sachusetts and has deals in place to ac­quire three more in the state and two in Rhode Is­land.

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