November 30, 2018

Around the nation: Beth Israel, Lahey Health deal gets OK from state AG, FTC

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    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) approved the proposed merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health System with a number of conditions, including a requirement that the merged entity "cap its prices, strengthen safety net providers across the region, and invest in needed behavioral services," , in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.

    • California: The California Department of Justice last week conditionally approved the proposed $28.4 billion merger of California-based Dignity Health and Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives. Under the California DOJ's conditions, the merged system, which would be called CommonSpirit Health, must maintain women's health care services and emergency services for 10 years. The state's DOH also would require the merged system to offer a 100% discount to patients up to 250% of the federal poverty level, among other conditions (Ellison, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/26).

    • Hawaii: Kona Community Hospital last week reported that 50 employees were infected in a scabies outbreak. Lisa Downing, director of infection prevention and employee health for the hospital, said employees started showing symptoms on Nov. 19 and that the hospital is currently "in the middle" of the outbreak. The source of the outbreak is unknown (Cook, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/27).

    • Massachusetts: Attorney general Maura Healey (D) on Thursday announced that her office has approved a proposed merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health System. FTC voted to close its investigation into the deal, given Healy's assessment. The state's approval comes with a number of conditions, including a requirement that the merged entity "cap its prices, strengthen safety net providers across the region, and invest in needed behavioral services," Healey said(Young/Norton, South Coast Today, 11/29; Cohan, Boston Herald, 11/30; Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 11/29).

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