- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Some hospitals under MaineHealth’s umbrella are raising questions about a proposal to combine a dozen health systems into one nonprofit entity.

MaineHealth in Portland is the parent company of 12 hospitals and health care networks across the state and in New Hampshire.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2gHyLKl ) one board would make decisions for the entire system under MaineHealth’s plan. Their budgets would also be combined into one spending plan.

MaineHealth says unifying allows gives it more flexibility to send resources to hospitals that need them most, including those facing layoffs and wage freezes.

LincolnHealth officials say it’s difficult to see how unification benefits high-performing systems that are already in the black.

A group of Waldo County doctors also raised concerns about having one board make the decisions.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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