WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports:
WBUR’s Martha Bebinger
Partners Healthcare is pledging $90 million in grants to community health centers over the next 15 years.
Community health centers will use the money to expand electronic medical records, update billing procedures and reorganize care with a emphasis on preventing illness. Partners Vice President Matt Fishman:
“Community Health Centers are transforming themselves and becoming more cost effective and outcome-oriented than they already are. We really see this grant program as a way to support that transformation.”
Fishman says the grants are in keeping with Partners’ recent acquisition of a low-income insurance plan that covers many community health center patients.
WBUR's Martha Bebinger
In case you missed it, WBUR’s Martha Bebinger spoke with host Bob Oakes this morning about yesterday’s news that Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest hospital system, and Tufts Health Plan have ripped up their old contract and signed a new one aimed at saving a total of more than $100 million dollars. Their talk:
Bob: We bring you a health care story this morning with many layers. It begins with this headline: Partners HealthCare is volunteering to take less in a new contract with Tufts Health Plan. But beneath that headline is a world of spinning changes that will affect hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of spending in Massachusetts. Joining us to discuss the dynamics is WBUR’s Martha Bebinger. Let’s start with: What happened in this contract?
Martha: For more than a year now, Governor Patrick has been calling on hospitals to reopen contracts and take less money. Partners, with some of the highest paid hospitals, did, first with Blue Cross last October and yesterday with Tufts Health Plan. In the Tufts case, Partners had two years left on a contract that was scheduled to increase 6-7 % every year and Partners agreed to take 2-3% instead. Here’s Partners CEO Gary Gottlieb:
“It’s a pretty big deal to look at that contract and say look, I want to rip that up and I want to take less money, that’s a big deal. What it says is that we’ve got a market that is dynamic and that that market is working.”
Partners also agreed to move all Tufts HMO patients into a global payment contract where doctors have to manage a budget for their patient’s care. Continue reading