Around the nation: Beth Israel and Lahey Health complete merger to form the second-largest health system in Massachusetts

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

The merged system, named Beth Israel Lahey Health, is the second-largest health system in Massachusetts, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Massachusetts, Missouri, and Ohio.

  • Massachusetts: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health on Friday announced that they've completed their merger forming Beth Israel Lahey Health—the second-largest health system in Massachusetts. Some observers had expressed concerns that the merger could lead to increased health care costs, but Massachusetts' attorney general approved the deal in November 2018 with the condition that the health system adhere to a seven-year price cap (Porter, HealthLeaders Media, 3/1; Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 3/1).

  • Missouri: Ascension has named Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee as the system's VP and its first chief community impact officer, effective Monday. Duperval-Brownlee most recently served as the system's VP of care excellence. In her new role, Duperval-Brownlee will establish strategies to improve care in Ascension service areas and encourage cooperation between health care and non-health care partners, the system said (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/1).

  • Ohio: Ethan Lindenberger, a teenager who recently made the news after getting vaccinated against his parents' wishes, on Saturday announced that he will testify in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Tuesday. Lindenberger said he will testify about "spreading and outbreaks of preventable diseases, as well as addressing misinformation that causes these outbreaks" (Bowden, The Hill, 3/2).

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