Health law benefits some MA hospitals, penalizes others
Steward Health Care System, which includes struggling Carney Hospital, will not qualify for millions of dollars in special payments under the new Massachusetts healthcare law, because legislators said they did not want to subsidize a for-profit company. The provision is one of several buried in the 350-page bill that penalize or benefit certain hospitals. The cost-control law also targets three Harvard-affiliated hospital systems—Partners HealthCare, Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center—to pay a one-time $60 million tax to fund health programs. Legislators rewarded three small hospitals considered too isolated or too specialized to fail: Athol Memorial, Fairview in Great Barrington, and Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston will get boosts in Medicaid payments.
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