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Don’t Pop the Cork Just Yet—Growing Criticism of Massachusetts AG’s Settlement with Partners Healthcare Just Might Send the...

After touting a proposed settlement with Partners HealthCare (Partners) that supposedly would “fundamentally alter [Partners’] negotiating power for 10 years and control health costs across [Partners’] entire network,”...more

Buckle Up—Unwinding Phoebe Putney’s Acquisition of Palmyra Down in Georgia May End Up Being Back on the Table

Almost one year ago, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) agreed to settle its antitrust challenge of Phoebe Putney Health System’s (Phoebe Putney) acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center (Palmyra) without requiring divesture or any...more

Driving Health Care Efficiencies through Consolidation: Despite Reforms, The Usual Rules Apply

With almost 18 percent of U.S. GDP spent on health care, experts see consolidation as fundamental to reducing costs—by integrating care coordination and delivery, and by increasing scale to drive efficiencies, including with...more

Partners Healthcare’s Settlement with Massachusetts Attorney General Put on Hold

On July 1, 2014, Massachusetts Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders ruled that the tentative settlement reached between the state of Massachusetts and Partners Healthcare System (“Partners”) would be delayed. The...more

Let The Rejoicing Begin, Or Not—Massachusetts AG’s Settlement With Partners Healthcare Is No Harbinger of Things to Come

After almost half a dozen years of investigating Partners HealthCare’s (Partners) contracting practices and its proposed acquisitions of two competing hospital systems, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley...more

Loose Lips Sink Ships and Careless E-mails Torpedo a Transaction

Federal antitrust laws prohibit hospital systems, like other businesses, from using a dominant market position to exclude competitors and restrain trade. Recently, e-mail communications exchanged between a...more

Points & Authorities - Spring 2014

In this Issue: - AB 1000 and Corporate Practice in California: More than Meets the Eye—or Less? - Loose Lips Sink Ships and Careless E-mails Torpedo a Transaction - New Faces - Points from the...more

What the WTP? The Rise of Merger Simulation in Hospital Transactions

If you are a health system or hospital thinking about a potential transaction and your lawyers haven’t spoken with you about hospital merger simulation, then maybe you should be talking with someone else. What is...more

What the WTP?

If you are a health system or hospital thinking about a potential transaction and your lawyers have not spoken with you about hospital merger simulation, maybe you should be talking with someone else. What is hospital...more

Senate Bill No. 35: An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices

At the end of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 Regular Session, "An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices" (the "Act") was passed and is awaiting the...more

FTC Defeats Another Hospital Merger

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent streak of successfully challenging hospital mergers under section 7 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 18) continues. On April 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Merger enforcement actions below the HSR threshold - top ten tips in non-reportable transactions

“Less is more” may be true in architecture, but in merger clearance law, “less” is still enough to trigger antitrust investigations and litigation and rescission of the whole transaction. By “less,” we mean less than the...more

Integrated Health in Limbo After U.S. District Court Decision

In January, a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Idaho ordered St. Luke’s Health System Ltd. (St. Luke’s) to unwind a recent acquisition of a physician group because the deal violated federal and state antitrust...more

FTC's Success in St. Luke's Challenge Shows Litigation Risks to Merging Hospitals and Physicians

In the first fully litigated challenge by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to a hospital acquisition of physician practices, a federal district court judge ruled that St. Luke’s Health System’s (St. Luke’s) acquisition of a...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News

Sixth Circuit Upholds FTC Decision to Block Hospital Merger – In an opinion issued last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the FTC’s decision that a 2010 merger in Lucas County, Ohio between...more

Appeals Court Upholds FTC Merger Challenge

On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a decision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finding that the merger of two hospital systems in Ohio violated the antitrust laws. ProMedica...more

"The Potential Impact of ProMedica: Health Care and Beyond"

On April 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) another significant victory in a hospital merger, ruling that the FTC’s decision and order...more

Connecticut’s Attorney General Wants to Know in Advance if You Are Going to Join Forces with a Healthcare Provider

Back in early 2013, Connecticut’s Attorney General (“AG”) formed a “Health Care Competition Working Group” within his office to examine the potential impact of horizontal mergers (e.g., hospital to hospital) and vertical...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms FTC Order of Divestiture and Prohibits ProMedica Health System's Purchase of Competing Hospital

In an opinion published on April 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sided with a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decision that ProMedica Health System, Inc.'s acquisition of rival St. Luke's...more

Antitrust Hospital Merger Policy Gets a Judicial Boost — Sixth Circuit Upholds FTC Decision Challenging Hospital Merger

In a highly anticipated decision, the federal antitrust agencies’ reinvigorated hospital merger enforcement efforts received a boost when, for the first time this century, an appellate court upheld a Federal Trade Commission...more

Expect Focus On Antitrust Issues In The Health Care Industry

There have been a number of high profile antitrust cases brought against health care providers, and the increasing interest of both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and plaintiffs should be considered in any proposed...more

FTC Check-Up on Health Care Trends Reveals New Competitive Wrinkles - Highlights from the FTC Workshop “Examining Health Care...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) recently hosted a workshop exploring trends and innovation in the health care industry that may affect competition, marking at least 10 years since the antitrust agencies...more

Federal Trade Commission And Competitors Successfully Challenge Hospital’s Acquisition Of Physician Practice

In This Issue: - What Providers Should Know - Background - Ruling - Excerpt from What Providers Should Know: A federal judge recently ordered a hospital system to unwind its year-old acquisition...more

State Action Doctrine At The Supreme Court: Take Two

The Supreme Court has a renewed interest in the state action doctrine. After declining to clarify what types of state action are exempt from federal antitrust scrutiny for years, the Supreme Court agreed to hear its second...more

Judge’s Order to Unwind Hospital’s Acquisition of Physician Group Tests Boundaries of Antitrust Laws and the Affordable Care Act

A federal judge’s recent order to unwind the acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group, an independent physicians group, by St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd., a hospital system with its own staff of physicians, presents challenges...more

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