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Insurers Strike Back: High-Cost Hospitals Get Whacked in Massachusetts

In eastern Massachusetts, the hospital chain Partners Healthcare has long been the 800-pound gorilla that gets whatever it wants from insurance companies. But now Partners and other high-priced providers in the state are feeling pressure from a new insurer tactic: steering patients to lower-cost providers through plans that either exclude some hospitals and medical groups or charge patients more for using them.