Karen Tseng and Commission Review Expansion Deal

Former Skadden Fellow Karen Tseng (’06) was quoted in a front-page article in The Boston Globe on Partners HealthCare System’s proposed expansion, including its acquisition of South Shore Hospital (“Panelist Calls on Partners to Abandon South Shore Plans,” Dec. 18). Karen is a Massachusetts assistant attorney general and policy director for market performance for the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, which is charged with bringing medical spending increases in line with the state’s economic growth. The commission’s preliminary findings state that Partners’ plans would raise costs and lessen competition. Karen said, “Partners and South Shore Hospital, which already control half the market for inpatient care in the region, could grow stronger at the expense of competitors. This raises concerns about effective market functioning that warrant further review.”