• State puts new limits on hospital merger

    BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Public Health Council has set new restrictions on a proposed merger between two major hospital systems.

    Under the requirements outlined Monday, the new Beth Israel Lahey Health organization will have to submit annual reports showing how savings from the merger will improve patient care.

    The merger is between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Lahey Health System, and involves 13 hospitals in total.

    If it exceeds a state limit for health care costs, the organization is required to invest the money into community health centers.

    Beth Israel CEO Dr. Kevin Tabb says the restrictions "take us to the outer edge of what is manageable."

    Greater Boston Interfaith member Bonny Gilbert says the restrictions don't go far enough. She says the merger should be disallowed.

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