Tufts, Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter call off merger dis­cus­sions

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter won’t be merg­ing af­ter all.

The two aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions an­nounced in De­cem­ber that they would “ex­plore a part­ner­ship,” but said last week that they had de­cided against it. They gave lit­tle rea­son­ing why the talks were called off. Sim­i­larly, of­fi­cials at BMC and Tufts didn’t say why they were in­ter­ested in a part­ner­ship when the dis­cus­sions were first an­nounced, only that a merger would bring to­gether the or­ga­ni­za­tions’ strengths.

The Mas­sachusetts Health Pol­icy Com­mis­sion had ini­tially said a po­ten­tial merger would “con­sti­tute a sig­nif­i­cant change in the Mas­sachusetts health­care mar­ket.” The state agency re­views all merg­ers to de­ter­mine whether con­sol­i­da­tion is likely to in­crease health­care costs or re­duce com­pe­ti­tion.

Kate Walsh, BMC’s CEO, and Dr. Michael Wag­ner, CEO for Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Float­ing Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren, said the two sys­tems will re­main open to fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“We have had thought­ful con­ver­sa­tions and con­sid­ered dif­fer­ent op­tions for tack­ling the com­plex task of in­te­grat­ing two vi­tal, but dif­fer­ent, aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ters,” they said in a state­ment. “Af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion, we have determined that, at this time, it is best for our med­i­cal cen­ters to re­main sep­a­rate.”

Bos­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter will stay in­de­pen­dent.

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