Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston will add 164 primary-care physicians to its existing corps of about 60 network doctors in an effort to boost referrals in the city's highly competitive healthcare environment, officials said.
Following the lead of other hospitals around the country that have built new networks for patient referrals, the 394-bed medical center said it will buy the assets of Braintree, Mass.-based Primary Care, which has about 500,000 patients spread across southeastern Massachusetts and ranks as the largest independent group of primary-care physicians in the region.
The doctors group, officials said, will become a subsidiary of Tufts and change its name to New England Quality Care Alliance. The group's decision to align itself with Tufts came after it considered proposals from all of Boston's academic medical centers, officials said. No financial details were released on the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the third quarter.