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CDH/MGH merger passes antitrust reviews

On Friday, Cooley Dickinson Hospital officials said the state attorney general concluded its antitrust review and an agreement which Cooley Dickinson and Mass General can commit to contracting independently for insurance for five years can move forward.

Hospital officials also said that the Department of Justice ended its antitrust review, and an antitrust waiting period has expired.

“The agreement with the Attorney General is consistent with our vision for joining Mass General,” said Craig Melin, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson.

“We look forward to the time when providers from Cooley Dickinson and Mass General may work together to ensure local access to high-quality care in the Pioneer Valley and to prepare for population health management and new models of health care delivery,” he said.

Under the agreement, Cooley Dickinson would keep its name and remain an independently licensed health care provider. The Northampton hospital would also keep its nonprofit and tax-exempt status, and maintain its own board of trustees, medical staff and fundraising activities.

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