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More Turns in the FTC's Antitrust Enforcement Action Against Phoebe Putney Hospital, Inc.

The FTC’s long-running campaign against Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.’s acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital, Inc., continues. In an unusual sequence of events, the Commission first conditionally accepted a Consent...more

Recent State Attorney General Merger Enforcement: Charting a Different Path from the Feds - or Not?

As hospital and physician consolidation continues, state Attorneys General (AG) have not abdicated the merger enforcement arena to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

Georgia Department of Community Health Ruling Jeopardizes FTC Action Against Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

On October 6, Ellwood F. Oakley III, an administrative hearing officer at Georgia’s Department of Community Health, reversed an initial staff determination that a new Certificate of Need (CON) would not be required if Phoebe...more

Supreme Court’s 2014-15 Term: Antitrust Case May Impact the Activities of Alcohol Industry Public/Private Organizations

On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that could have significant implications for hybrid public/private “regulatory” bodies. Many such bodies, like state and local wine...more

Supreme Court Examines Boundaries of Antitrust Immunity in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC

On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, a U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit decision upholding an FTC finding that the North...more

FTC Attacks Toothless Regulation of Dentists

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court heard argument in a case of national importance to health professions and the state boards that regulate them. The case, North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, addresses...more

OIG Releases New Proposals on Anti-kickback Statute Safe Harbors, Exceptions to the CMP Law and the Gainsharing Prohibition

On October 3, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a long-awaited proposed rule for implementing amendments to safe harbors under the Anti-kickback Statute and...more

OIG Approves Yet Another Medigap Policy Contract with Preferred Hospital Network

On September 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 14-08 [PDF]. This opinion is yet another favorable advisory opinion approving a Medicare...more

Provider Competition Matters—Even for “Reference Pricing”

In a recent blog post, three Federal Trade Commission (FTC) economists splashed some cold water on advocates of “reference pricing” that seem to imply that such pricing “will increase competition between providers.” In the...more

Combating Unfair Competition: The Convergence of China’s Antitrust and Anti-Graft Enforcement Activities

Recent investigations and high profile convictions highlight the ongoing crackdown by China’s authorities against anti-competitive conduct. In their efforts to combat unfair competition, Chinese authorities have used both...more

Reverse Payments, Actavis, and the Lower Courts at Sea, Part 2: The Brewing Conflict Over Non-Cash Settlements

Our first post in this series was titled “What Is a Reverse Payment?” As the recent cases discussed in today’s post show, the courts are struggling with a fundamental component of that question: What, for that matter, is a...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - October 2014

In This Issue: - Regulatory Authorities - Energy - Public Economy Law - State Aid - Contract - Public Health - In Brief - Excerpt from Regulatory Authorities: French Competition...more

The Evolution of Efficiencies and Treatment of Quality of Care Defenses in Light of Changing Health Care Industry Dynamics

The consolidation of health care markets and the impact of this consolidation on prices, costs, and quality, has been a hotly debated topic in the health care industry. Hospitals across the country are merging and acquiring...more

Legislative Update Report -- No. 2014-18 -- Sept 26, 2014

In This Article: ..Federal Government ..Alberta ..British Columbia ..Manitoba ..New Brunswick ..Newfoundland ..Northwest Territories ..Nova Scotia ..Nunavut ..Ontario ..Prince Edward...more

Hospital Mergers Pave The Way For Antitrust Training

Milton Friedman, an American economist and writer once said, “I was a great supporter of antitrust laws, I thought enforcing them was one of the few desirable things that the government could do to promote more...more

China Amps Up Anti-Corruption Effort – What This Means for Your Company

Last Friday, China’s 15-month-long bribery investigation into British multinational pharmaceutical GlaksoSmithKline (GSK) ended after a one-day trial in which the court found GSK’s local subsidiary guilty of bribing doctors...more

FTC Continues Aggressive Scrutiny of Hospital Mergers

A recent New York Times article highlighted new developments regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) continued focus on hospital mergers. Although the FTC’s enforcement has been well-documented over the past few...more

A New Sheriff in Town: Federal Trade Commission Enforcement of Medical Information Security

A recent court decision found that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority to enforce the requirements for security of Protected Health Information, or PHI, as defined under the Health Information Portability and...more

Bankruptcy sales for distressed hospitals: 4 questions to ask before you begin

Over the last several years, a wide range of healthcare companies, among them hospitals, home health agencies and continuing care facilities, have faced financial distress as a result of declining revenues, high operating...more

Two-Party Market: Presumption of Confusion and Injury

Merck Eprova AG v. Gnosis S.p.A., et al. - Clarifying applicable presumptions in Lanham Act false advertising cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s use of presumptions of...more

FTC Rejects Proposed Settlement Agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

On September 5, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rejected a proposed settlement agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., and returned the matter to administrative court to assess whether Phoebe Putney’s 2011...more

Implications on Pharmacies of Recent OIG Advisory Opinion on Per-Fill Fees

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an advisory opinion regarding a proposed arrangement by a specialty pharmacy (Requestor) to pay local pharmacies a per-fill fee...more

Federal Trade Commission "Meets the Press"

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Debbie Feinstein, Director of the Commission's Bureau of Competition, held a thirty-minute press conference on Monday to discuss the latest foray in the Commission's...more

North Carolina Dental Board Urges Reversal of FTC’s “Radical” Stance on State Action Immunity

North Carolina’s State Board of Dental Examiners has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) “radical departure” from decades of established precedent that offers state actors immunity...more

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to new CMS Recovery Auditor Contracts

On August 22, 2014, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied a challenge by incumbent Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) CGI Federal, Inc. (CGI) to CMS’s plan to award new RAC contracts. Among other things, the Court found that...more

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