By PBN Staff
Health maintenance organizations have been around for decades. They offer less expensive health care options within a closed system of providers. But many consumers did not respond to them.
Massachusetts is seeing a new plan similar to an HMO being offered by Tufts Health Plan based on a provider network established by Steward Health Care, the for-profit chain that has purchased a number of hospitals in the Bay State.
Steward is also waiting for state approval of its purchase of Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center, and there is speculation – based on published reports – that it would like to establish a system of health care providers in Rhode Island that would be the basis for a similar limited-choice health care plan in the Ocean State.
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