Senator Markey Calls for Healthcare Reforms as Steward Health Care Sells Physician Group to Optum Care

Optum Care acquires physician group from struggling Steward Health Care

Recently, Steward Health Care in Massachusetts reached a deal with Optum Care to sell its physician group. According to Sen. Edward J. Markey D-Mass, the company is facing financial insecurity due to accumulated debt, and was previously owned by Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity company that made significant profits from Steward.

Sen. Markey expressed concern over Steward’s financial instability and urged for a transition away from their practices. He emphasized the importance of maintaining healthcare access and ensuring patients and providers are the top priority. The senator suggested that Optum Care must demonstrate their commitment to controlling costs and prioritizing patient care as they take on ownership of the physician group.

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 on this topic or to contact Sen. Markey directly, readers can reach out to him at [SMorse@himss.org](mailto:SMorse@himss.org).

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