Tag: atrius health

Some 2nd shots are canceled. I’m quoted in the Boston Globe

March 3rd, 2021 by

Some urgent care clinics have run out of vaccines and cancelled follow-up shots for certain patients. It’s maddening for affected patients, but not a public health problem assuming those shots are given to someone else instead.

I was quoted in the Boston Globe (CareWell clinics telling patients their second COVID-19 shots are canceled, triggering wider vaccination anxieties)

“It’s not surprising,” said David Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston management consulting firm. “When you’ve got millions and millions of doses being administered every week, you’d expect to have some sampling of this. You can’t expect everything to go smoothly.”

Delayed appointments are “certainly an inconvenience for the person who was planning to get a second shot, but it’s not a public health problem,” Williams said.

It seems like this glitch has already been addressed. It’s all part of the bumpiness we can expect to continue for a while.


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Boston Globe quotes David Williams about 2nd shot cancellations

March 3rd, 2021 by

Some urgent care clinics have run out of vaccines and cancelled follow-up shots for certain patients. It’s maddening for affected patients, but not a public health problem assuming those shots are given to someone else instead.

David Williams is quoted in the Boston Globe (CareWell clinics telling patients their second COVID-19 shots are canceled, triggering wider vaccination anxieties)

“It’s not surprising,” said David Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston management consulting firm. “When you’ve got millions and millions of doses being administered every week, you’d expect to have some sampling of this. You can’t expect everything to go smoothly.”

Delayed appointments are “certainly an inconvenience for the person who was planning to get a second shot, but it’s not a public health problem,” Williams said.

Optum buys Atrius Health. I’m quoted in the Boston Globe

March 3rd, 2021 by

United Health’s Optum is purchasing Atrius Health, an independent physician organization in Massachusetts. Atrius has struggled to compete against the huge hospital systems in the state, even though its physician-led approach is more cost effective. Optum’s heft may level the playing field.

I’m quoted in the Boston Globe (Physicians group Atrius Health plans to join Optum, giving a national operation a bigger Mass. footprint)

David E. Williams, president of the consulting firm Health Business Group, said joining Optum would allow Atrius to more aggressively compete with Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners HealthCare) and Beth Israel Lahey.

“With Optum’s backing, Atrius should be able to level the playing field,” he said. “Optum’s ownership will make Atrius less responsive to local needs, but the tradeoff will be worth it if it means Atrius can compete effectively with Partners and BI Lahey.”

Ideally Atrius would stay independent but I don’t thin that’s independent. The company has been losing ground as BI Lahey and MGH Brigham continue their aggressive consolidation of the market. Going with Optum seems like the smartest option for Atrius and the best for the state.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Optum looks to acquire Atrius Health. I’m quoted in the Boston Business Journal

January 13th, 2021 by

Word on the street is that Optum wants to acquire Atrius Health, a non-profit 700-physician group. Optum, a subsidiary of the for-profit UnitedHealth Group, is the biggest employer of primary care physicians in the country, according to the Boston Business Journal (Atrius Health, state’s largest independent physician group, is in acquisition talks)

Here’s what I told the Journal:

“As a physician-led organization, Atrius can make a strong impact on healthcare quality and cost,” said David Williams, president of the Health Business Group, a Boston-based consulting firm. “But they need a strong balance sheet to play against (the state’s largest hospital groups) Mass General Brigham and BI Lahey. With backing from Optum, Atrius will be able to be a strong force in Eastern Massachusetts and have the ability to enter into meaningful, value-based contracts with private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid.”


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.