Massachusetts, Rhode Island practices to forge 60-plus physician group

Practice Management

Providence, R.I.-based University Orthopedics is partnering with Easton, Mass.-based Orthopedic Care Physician Network to become one of the biggest orthopedic groups in New England.

The partnership, effective July 1, will include more than 60 physicians, almost 650 staff and 13 locations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Earlier this month, University Orthopedics opened an office with three physicians in Mansfield, Mass., its first in the state.

"When the planning process began for our new location in Mansfield ... discussions about potential collaborations with OCPN manifested," Edward Akelman, MD, president of University Orthopedics, said in a Feb. 16 news release. "We came to realize that many similarities existed within our organizations, and it became apparently clear that a partnership just made sense."

University Orthopedics hopes the added locations will strengthen its newly formed partnership with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

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