Here on Connect with Partners, we strive to share compelling stories from Partners HealthCare and the local and national health care industries with our readers. Our blog posts cover innovative patient care, pioneering research, legislation discussions, and other important health care issues currently affecting our communities.

As we wrap up 2017, we're sharing the stories that attracted the highest readership this year. Here’s what you were most interested in:

1. Mass. Eye and Ear Chair Makes the Case for Partnership: Wyc Grousbeck, chairman of the Mass. Eye and Ear board and co-owner and CEO of the Boston Celtics, made the case for a strengthened partnership in a Boston Globe piece, underscoring that it would codify a long-standing relationship between Mass. Eye and Ear and Partners institutions.

2. Senate Reform Bill: Bad Medicine for the Commonwealth: In a Boston Herald op-ed, Brigham and Women's Hospital President Betsy Nabel and Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter Slavin stressed that the Senate health care bill's price controls and the sanctions it proposed would have unintended consequences for the very patients it is supposed to help.

3. Massachusetts Health Care: The Road Ahead: The Commonwealth’s commission on provider price variation unveiled a new major element in the health care financing landscape: a dramatic exodus of low income workers from employer sponsored commercial insurance into the Medicaid program, underscoring the need for a balanced health care plan in Massachusetts.

4. 4th Annual Trauma-Informed Care Symposium Highlights Pervasive New Culture at Partners Institutions: The Partners Trauma-Informed Care Steering Committee aims to create a culture of trauma-informed care across all Partners institutions, through research, education, policy, and environmental changes. The Annual Symposium included a visit from Dr. Carol Warshaw, Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health, followed by a panel discussion highlighting some of the many ways we are incorporating trauma-informed care in our practices.

5. New Study Shows Care Management Program Reduced Costs in Partners ACO: Partners emphasized our commitment to cost-savings and specialized patient care through the Partners Pioneer ACO, which not only reduced spending growth, but did so by reducing avoidable hospitalizations for patients with elevated but modifiable risks.

As we look forward to the new year, we invite you to revisit these popular articles. We would also like to thank you, our readers, who continue to be a big part of making Connect with Partners a success.

We will be back in 2018 with more stories to share. Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!

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