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Circuit court sides with FTC in hospital antitrust case

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, February 13, 2015

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A federal appeals court today decided in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a closely watched antitrust case (FTC v. St. Luke’s Health System) involving the acquisition of a physician practice by a hospital system. The FTC and others challenged the acquisition by St. Luke’s Health System, based in Boise, Idaho, of Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group. The FTC’s challenge was based on the market power that the commission assumed would be created for primary care physician services.

In rejecting the hospital’s defense, the circuit court found that “[a]lthough the district court believed that the merger would eventually ‘improve the delivery of health care’… the judge did not find that the merger would increase competition or decrease prices.”

Source: American Hospital Association, U.S. Ninth Circuit Courts

 



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