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3 big providers exploring health alliance

Health care merger fever spiked Wednesday when the leaders of two major teaching hospitals and the state’s largest physicians organization told employees they are in preliminary talks to form an alliance that could create one of the largest medical systems in Massachusetts.

The discussions involve Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Lahey Health of Burlington, and Atrius Health, a Newton-based consortium of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and five other doctors groups. Also taking part are the in-house physicians groups at Lahey Clinic and Beth Israel Deaconess.

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