Senator Markey Calls for Healthcare Reforms and Steward CEO Testimony amid Sell to Optum Care

Optum Care acquires physician group from struggling Steward Health Care

Recently, Steward Health Care in Massachusetts struck a deal to sell its physician group to Optum Care. The company, which operates nine healthcare facilities in the state, is currently facing financial insecurity due to accumulated debt. Senator Edward J. Markey D-Mass expressed concern over Steward’s financial instability and urged for a transition away from their practices.

Markey emphasized the importance of maintaining healthcare access and ensuring patients and providers are the top priority. He suggested that Optum Care must demonstrate their commitment to controlling costs and prioritizing patient care. Markey highlighted the need for healthcare reforms that prioritize patient outcomes over profit motives.

As the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, Markey has called for Steward CEO Dr. Ralph de la Torre to testify at a congressional hearing in Boston on April 3rd. For more information, readers can reach out to the writer at SMorse@himss.org.

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