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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

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - March 2014 • Volume 3, Number 2

In This Issue: - FTC COMMISSIONER CRITICIZES PROPOSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PERMIT HEALTH PROVIDERS TO NEGOTIATE JOINTLY WITH HEALTH INSURERS: In a February 26 speech before the Connecticut Bar Association,...more

Health Update - Feb 25, 2014

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: Strategies for Overcoming Legal Barriers to Health Information Exchange - A growing number of Medicaid officials believe that coordinating care across the physical and...more

FTC Continues Antitrust Focus On Health Care Sector With Upcoming Two-Day Health Care Competition Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced that it will be hosting a two-day workshop in Washington, DC on March 20-21 to examine competition issues related to current developments in the U.S. health care...more

Court Orders Divestiture of Consummated Physician Practice Acquisition

In a challenge brought both by private plaintiffs and the government, a court has ruled that a health system’s acquisition of a competing physician group practice violated the antitrust laws where the transaction resulted in...more

Better vs. Cheaper? – Court Says Cost Trumps Quality in Health Care – Orders Undoing of Physician Group Tie-up

The health care industry is in the midst of a revolution caused by demographic changes, advancements in medical understanding and, of course, Obamacare. As health care providers scramble to adjust to this brave new world, the...more

Judge’s Antitrust Decision Makes Hospitals Think Twice before Acquiring Physician Practices

A federal judge recently reversed a hospital system’s acquisition of a physician practice under antitrust laws. Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for Idaho ruled that St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd....more

Health Care Reform Goals Fail to Persuade Court in Antitrust Challenge to Acquisition

On January 24, 2014, a federal district court judge validated the trend of recent increased Federal Trade Commission (FTC) scrutiny of physician practice consolidations and acquisitions by upholding the agency’s antitrust...more

Takeaways From Government Victories In Recent Antitrust Merger Trials

Recent government victories in the antitrust challenges to the consummated mergers of Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews and St. Luke’s/Saltzer are the latest in a string of trial successes by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the...more

"FTC Wins Action to Block Hospital-Physician Group Merger"

On the heels of a string of successfully litigated hospital merger challenges, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently expanded its winning streak in the health care industry to include hospital acquisitions of physician...more

Idaho District Court First to Unwind a Physician Practice Deal

On January 24, 2014, in Federal Trade Commission v. St. Luke's Health System, Ltd. & Saltzer Medical Group, P.A., the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho found that the acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group...more

FTC Successfully Obtains Divestiture of Physician Group Previously Acquired by Hospital System

In a significant groundbreaking victory, on January 24, 2014 after a bench trial, an Idaho federal district court judge upheld the FTC’s antitrust challenge to a hospital system’s (St. Luke’s) acquisition of a multispecialty...more

Federal Court Orders Idaho Health System To Divest Acquired Physician Practice

A federal judge has ordered Idaho’s St. Luke’s Health System to divest Saltzer Medical Group, which it acquired in 2012. In an opinion issued in consolidated cases filed by the Federal Trade Commission and other Idaho health...more

"Health Care and Life Sciences: Affordable Care Act Rollout to Impact M&A and Enforcement Activity"

Health care and life sciences companies face a variety of issues in 2014, including further difficulties with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout because of legal and logistical challenges, the potential dampening of...more

FTC Successfully Challenges Non-Reportable Acquisition of Physician Group

On January 24, 2014, the U.S. District Court for Idaho held that St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”)’s acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”), violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act and ordered St. Luke’s to...more

The Current Intersection of Antitrust and Managed Care

This article provides a summary of key healthcare antitrust developments in 2013, highlighted by two important Supreme Court decisions: - In FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.,133 S.Ct. 1003 (2013), the Court...more

Health Care Antitrust & the Supreme Court – Interview with Bruce Sokler, Member, Mintz Levin  [Video]

Attorney Bruce Sokler, Chair of Mintz Levin's Antitrust Practice, discusses the Supreme Court’s first ever health care antitrust merger decision and its implications for the future. ...more

In The Wake Of Phoebe Putney, New York Passes Law Giving Antitrust Immunity To State Health Care System

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued its decision in FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., 133 S.Ct. 1003 (2013), which held that the state action antitrust immunity doctrine applies only when the state legislature...more

New York State Adopts First Post-Phoebe Putney Law Extending State Antitrust Immunity to a Public Hospital — How It Came About and...

On October 24, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed what we believe is the first post-Phoebe Putney statute (see FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health Sys., Inc., 133 S. Ct. 1003 (2013)), extending the State’s antitrust immunity to...more

Could an Idaho Healthcare Merger Impact Other Mergers, Including the American/US Airways Merger?

With the trial over, post-trial briefs due November 1, and closing arguments scheduled for November 7, a lot more is at stake than whether St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”) can keep Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”) – a...more

Provider Healthcare Merger Retrospective on the Horizon at FTC - Again?

With the first week in the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) and Idaho attorney general's antitrust trial challenging St. Luke's Health System's (St. Luke's) acquisition of the Saltzer Medical Group (Saltzer), a for-profit,...more

Game Over — "Unique Circumstances" End FTC Challenge to Phoebe Putney Acquisition

After running the table in the Supreme Court with a unanimous decision and then convincing a district court judge in Georgia to halt further consolidation of Phoebe Putney Health System (Phoebe Putney) and Palmyra Medical...more

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