Tufts, Vanguard, Mass. Doc Network in Talks for Joint Venture

Tufts Medical Center, Vanguard Health Systems and a physician network in Massachusetts said they are in talks to develop a joint venture that would provide a flexible alternative to hospitals looking to join a larger health system. A definitive agreement is expected to be reached this year on the formation of the new health system, according to a spokesman for Nashville-based Vanguard.