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FTC Challenges North Dakota Healthcare Provider Merger

by King & Spalding on

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the North Dakota Attorney General filed a complaint challenging the merger of North Dakota providers, Sanford Health, Sanford Bismarck (together “Sanford”),...more

Suit Over Hospitals’ Alleged Anticompetitive Marketing Sent to Trial

Conspiracies between competitors can be hard to prove, even when other parties to the alleged conspiracy have settled. On May 31, 2017, a federal judge denied summary judgment and ruled that the Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

Health Update - June 2017

HIPAA and Emerging Technologies - Editor’s Note: According to a HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey of healthcare provider employees, about 90% say they are using mobile devices to engage patients in their healthcare—and 36%...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Exclusive Dealing in Hospital-Payer Case Pro Competitive

“But what is more common than exclusive dealing?” Affirming summary judgment for defendant Saint Francis Medical Center, the Seventh Circuit recently held that the hospital’s contracts with health care insurers—though...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Hospital Foreclosure Claims with Judge Posner Asking, “What is More Common Than Exclusive...

by Reed Smith on

The Seventh Circuit, on June 9, 2017, affirmed summary judgment against a hospital’s antitrust claims that it was substantially foreclosed from the market by its rival’s exclusive contracts with payors. The panel concluded...more

FDA Steps Up on Medical Device Innovation

by Mark Mansour on

At long last, FDA has the makings of a coherent and forward-thinking policy to address the widening gap between industry's ability to innovate and FDA's regulatory capacity. Consistent with the mandate of the 21st Century...more

A Tie Too Far: Antitrust Class Action Alleging Physician Association Tied Board Certification to Association Membership Survives...

by Mintz Levin on

A New Jersey district court recently denied a motion to dismiss in an antitrust class action alleging that a physician association illegally tied board certification to association membership in violation of Section 1 of the...more

Seventh Circuit OKs Exclusive Network Agreements Between “Must-Have” Hospital and Health Insurers

by Mintz Levin on

In an opinion written by Judge Posner, the Seventh Circuit on Friday gave its stamp of approval to a “must-have” hospital’s bargaining to exclude competitors from certain narrow-network payor contracts in and around Peoria,...more

As FDA Ramps Up Digital Health Program, BakerHostetler Hosts a Medical Device Connectivity Webinar Addressing Digital Technology...

by BakerHostetler on

Recent reports indicate that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to build a digital health unit within and assign a number of digital scientists to the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The digital health unit...more

Antitrust Suit Against Michigan Hospital Moves Forward As Both Sides Denied Summary Judgment

by Mintz Levin on

A federal district court denied summary judgment motions brought by both sides in the government’s antitrust suit against a Michigan hospital alleging an agreement not to compete in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

Healthcare Law Update: June 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Medicaid - Florida's Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act Pre-empted by Federal Law - By Eddie Williams - In Gallardo v. Dudek, Sec. of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, No. 4:16cv116-MW/CAS, 2017 WL...more

FDA Commissioner Hints at Drug Pricing-Related Initiatives

During his first appearance before Congress as FDA Commissioner on May 25, 2017, Scott Gottlieb reported that the Agency is preparing a “Drug Competition Action Plan” that it will unveil in upcoming weeks and months. This was...more

China Announces Amendments to Regulation on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On May 19, 2017, China’s State Council promulgated the amendments to the 2014 Regulation on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices (“the Amendments”), which became effective immediately. The Amendments clarify...more

Health Update - May 2017

Mapping the Healthcare M&A Landscape Under the New Administration - Editor’s Note: The healthcare M&A market continues to be among the most active sectors. In a recent webinar, Manatt examined how the policies and goals of...more

The North Carolina Business Court Hands Down An Important Healthcare Antitrust Decision, Part 2

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

In a recent blog post, we discussed a new antitrust decision from the North Carolina Business Court that involves healthcare providers and health insurers. In that post, we examined the significance of that opinion to...more

Global Inquiries into Drug Price Increases

European competition authorities announced this week an investigation into Aspen Pharmacare’s recent price hikes of five cancer drugs. The European Commission said in a press release that it had “information indicating that...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections Update- Phil Weiser Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General- Phil Weiser has formally registered his candidacy to become Colorado AG. Weiser, a Democrat, is the first candidate to formally...more

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News, I’ve Got a Bad Case of Medical App Blues: Mobile Medical Application Developers Settle with New...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The New York Office of the Attorney General recently announced settlements with developers of three mobile health applications due to misleading claims and deficient privacy practices. As a result of these settlements, the...more

Can Purchasing Efficiencies Save Mega-Mergers? The D.C. Circuit Says “No”

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Efficiencies, economies of scale, and the general desire to improve the customer experience are the lifeblood of all mergers. And one of the most common efficiencies in any deal comes from enhanced purchasing power, or the...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms Decision Enjoining Anthem-Cigna Merger; Will the Supreme Court Weigh In?

UPDATE: On May 11, 2017, the Delaware Chancery court denied Anthem’s motion for preliminary injunction to prevent Cigna from withdrawing from the proposed merger, citing Anthem’s slim chance of success and the adequacy of...more

AGG Takeaways from 2017 AHLA Health Care Transactions Conference

The annual AHLA Health Care Transactions Conference provides valuable insights into transaction strategies, commercial developments, and legal issues affecting contemporary health care transactions, as well as unique...more

The North Carolina Business Court Hands Down An Important Healthcare Antitrust Decision, Part 1

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

It is rare that a North Carolina state court hands down a Chapter 75 decision on “pure” antitrust claims. The North Carolina Business Court, however, recently did just that. This new decision, moreover, may have far-reaching...more

Health Alert (Australia) 8 May 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 2 May 2017 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Social-Lites Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 398 - TRADE PRACTICES – misleading...more

Anthem Loses Merger Appeal in a 2-1 Decision by the D.C. Circuit

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On March 24, the D.C. Circuit held oral argument on Anthem's appeal in United States v. Anthem, in which Anthem sought to have the appellate court overturn District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson's ruling that barred the...more

Antitrust Division’s Spring Update 2017: Insights Regarding DOJ’s Enforcement and Policy

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2017 annual spring update. The update emphasizes the Division’s recent litigation victories, particularly in the merger context. In his introductory remarks, Assistant Attorney...more

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