- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts has launched a review of a proposed merger of several hospital systems that could create one of the state’s largest health care networks.

The Health Policy Commission’s review announced Tuesday will analyze the deal’s effect on costs, quality, and access.

The deal involves Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center hospitals, The Lahey Health system, as well as Boston’s New England Baptist Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, and Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

The hospitals pursuing the merger say they are seeking to create a large but relatively lower-cost system that could complete with Partners HealthCare, the largest health network in Massachusetts.

The commission cannot block mergers, but if it finds the deal would hurt consumers, it can refer those concerns to the state health department or attorney general.

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