CEO's Mediation Skills Challenged in Tufts and Harvard Merger

The diplomatic skills of James Roosevelt Jr., president and CEO of Massachusetts' Tufts Health Plan, may be put to the test after this week's proposed merger between Tufts and Harvard Pilgrim Health, according to a Boston Globe report.

The merger would combine Tufts' and Harvard's operations, making them a stronger competitor to Blue Cross Blue Shield. The merger has been described as one that would "reshape the region’s health insurance landscape," according to the report.

Various healthcare officials say Mr. Roosevelt's ability to remain comfortable in difficult situations, as well as his down-to-earth manner, will prove beneficial in a transaction that is sure to attract scrutiny from regulators and consumer advocates. In the past, Mr. Roosevelt, the grandson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has been called upon to resolve disputes and mediate issues between well-known political figures.

Read the Boston Globe report on the proposed merger between Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health.

Read more about Massachusetts payors:

- Tufts Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Exploring Merger to Better Compete With BCBS

- CEO of BCBS of Massachusetts: High Cost Hospitals May Face Reduced Payment

- New BCBS of Massachusetts Plan Increases Co-Pays for 15 "High-Cost" Hospitals

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