Last month the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) released its preliminary “Cost and Market Impact Review” of the proposed merger of Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and South Shore Hospital. Last week, Partners submitted a detailed response explaining why this merger will, in fact, benefit communities in Southeastern Massachusetts.

The response clearly demonstrates that our combined vision is consistent with the principles of Chapter 224 of the Commonwealth’s 2012 health care legislation and offers a path to help meet the Commonwealth’s new 3.6 percent cost growth benchmark for health care spending. Partners also acknowledges that this is the first-ever attempt by the HPC to conduct such a review, so we’ve provided additional data and information to help ensure that the HPC’s final report is an accurate reflection of the positive impact that this merger will have in terms of improving patient care while slowing health care cost growth.

Read the full response and more from Connect with Partners.