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Grossman on Partners-South Shore: Let’s Make a Deal

Posted by John McDonough  February 28, 2014 05:06 PM

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Today, I heard from State Treasurer and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Grossman's campaign. Grossman has released an op-ed that "calls for solutions before lawsuits on Partners Healthcare merger with South Shore Hospital." The op-ed was published by the Boston Business Journal and you can see it here.

grossman.jpgBecause Grossman's campaign reached out to me directly, I have a hunch some of my recent posts on this matter, here and here, might have had some impact in triggering their writing effort. I had urged the full cohort of otherwise silent gubernatorial candidates to state their position (exempting Attorney General Martha Coakley who will have to respond in due course because of her official role).

Rather than picking a side between the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission or Partners/South Shore, Grossman writes that he would:

"(C)onvene an urgent meeting of all parties, including the Health Policy Commission (HPC), the Attorney General, Partners, and South Shore Hospital. My principal goal would be to find common ground and compromise on a deal that delivers quality care without increasing health care spending, reducing competition, and driving up premiums for employers and consumers. ... Destroying this deal is against the best interests of Partners and the people of the South Shore. ... Let's push Partners to revise its plan and lower reimbursements rates."

I applaud the Treasurer for being the first to step up and speak out. He did an artful job of not taking a position and keeping both sides guessing. He's put the first stake in the ground on this among the candidates. Let's see what the others have to say, if anything, and I'll report the results here.

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John E. McDonough is a professor of practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the author of the book “Inside National Health Reform”, published in 2011 by More »

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