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Steward’s doctor deal questioned

Community hospital group wants AG to review alliance with physicians

By Robert Weisman
Globe Staff / December 6, 2011
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Nervous about the rapid growth of for-profit hospital chain Steward Health Care System, a group representing the state’s community hospitals has asked Attorney General Martha Coakley to investigate Steward’s recent contract with 150 doctors formerly affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s physician group. In a Nov. 23 letter, obtained by the Globe, Donald J. Thieme, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, told Coakley the group’s board complained about Steward’s “predatory’’ actions.

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