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"Health system execs, critics clash over Beth Israel Deaconess, Lahey deal," Ken Marlow quoted in Modern Healthcare

08.25.18

Ken Marlow, chair of Waller's healthcare department, weighed in on a controversial hospital merger in Massachusetts.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health are proposing a merger that would result in a 10-hospital network designed to compete with Partners Healthcare, the market leader, according to Modern Healthcare.

However, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission issued a report over the summer that was highly critical of the deal, saying that there was nothing in the deal that would protect customers from ultimately raising prices beyond the state's annual 3.1 percent cost growth ceiling.

Ken's take:

“The efficiencies to be gained through enhanced coordination of care, scale, purchasing power and savings, among others, will not be passed along to the consumer on a dollar-for-dollar basis, and these efficiencies are not even in the ballpark of the guaranteed price increases,” said Ken Marlow, chair of the healthcare department at law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.