Bos­ton-area hos­pi­tals part­ner­ing on new sys­tem

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Rachel Lan­den

Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Bos­ton, and Low­ell (Mass.) Gen­eral Hospi­tal are part­ner­ing to form a health sys­tem to en­cour­age col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween aca­demic teach­ing hos­pi­tals and com­mu­nity-based providers.

Un­der the new ar­range­ment, the two not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and their physi­cian groups—Tufts’ New Eng­land Qual­ity Care Al­liance and the Low­ell Gen­eral Physi­cian Hospi­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tion—will con­tinue to op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently. But as part of an as-yet un­named par­ent com­pany, Tufts and Low­ell are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from im­proved scale for pop­u­la­tion health data man­age­ment, group pur­chas­ing ef­fi­cien­cies and de­vel­op­ment of new ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease on the deal.

“We know from ex­pe­ri­ence that strong hos­pi­tals and physi­cian groups like ours seek the scale nec­es­sary to lever­age col­lab­o­ra­tive tech­nolo­gies and data shar­ing that al­low us to im­prove ac­cess to af­ford­able, high qual­ity health­care for the com­mu­ni­ties we serve,” Low­ell CEO Nor­mand Desch­ene said in a re­lease. “We be­lieve the mar­ket is hun­gry for this type of value-driven sys­tem.”

Desch­ene will serve as the new par­ent com­pany’s CEO, and Ellen Zane, who re­tired as Tufts’ pres­i­dent and CEO in 2011, will serve as its chair­woman. Tufts and Low­ell will have equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the board of the par­ent com­pany.

Since 1993, Tufts’ Float­ing Hospi­tal for Chil­dren has shared a clin­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion with Low­ell to pro­vide the ad­vanced spe­cialty care and re­sources of an aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter in a lo­cal fa­cil­ity. Tufts also has clin­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions with four other hos­pi­tals in Mas­sachusetts—Lawrence Gen­eral Hospi­tal, MetroWest Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Fram­ing­ham, MetroWest Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Nat­ick and Sig­na­ture Health­care Brock­ton Hospi­tal.

As part of the part­ner­ship, Tufts is ex­pected to ben­e­fit from group pur­chas­ing ef­fi­cien­cies and de­vel­op­ment of new ser­vices.

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