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Aetna and Humana Go to Battle With Regulators Over Multi-Billion Dollar Merger

The trial over Aetna and Humana's $37 billion proposed merger kicked off today in a Washington, D.C. federal court. At issue is whether the companies' merger would substantially lessen competition in the market for...more

Anthem and Aetna Prepare for Merger Trials Against the DOJ Antitrust Division

In late July, the DOJ Antitrust Division filed actions in federal district court seeking to derail both the Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers. In each case, the DOJ contended that consumers would face higher insurance...more

Big Summary Judgment Win for Hospital Defending $300M Exclusive Dealing Antitrust Suit

After fending off a motion for judgment on the pleadings in March 2015, a small hospital in Peoria, Illinois lost on summary judgment in its $300 million antitrust suit alleging illegal exclusive dealing and attempted...more

Compounding Pharmacy’s Group Boycott Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

On August 23, 2016, the District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri allowed claims by a compounding pharmacy to proceed, denying a motion to dismiss filed by the defendant pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”). In...more

Mega-Mergers Highlight Risk to Health Care Providers

Consolidation in health insurance markets can injure hospitals and doctors by creating buyer-side market power that can force providers to accept below-market prices, limit patients’ access to care, and reduce innovation in...more

Health Insurance Merger Challenges: Of Antitrust and the Affordable Care Act

The Department of Justice and attorneys general from multiple states last week sued to halt two health insurance mergers, each worth billions of dollars. The challenged deals are Anthem’s planned merger with Cigna and...more

DOJ Challenges Health Insurance Merger

On July 21, 2016, the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (the “DOJ”) announced that it, along with several state attorneys general, would sue to block two multi-billion dollar health insurance mergers between Aetna and...more

DOJ Seeks to Block Two Major Health Insurance Mergers

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing to block two proposed mergers between major health insurance companies, claiming that the deals violate antitrust laws and would lead to increased health care costs for...more

California Insurance Commissioner Asks DOJ to Block Proposed Mergers

On June 23, 2016, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones submitted a letter urging the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) to block the proposed merger between Aetna, Inc. (Aetna) and Humana, Inc. (Humana). ...more

DOJ and North Carolina Challenge Anti-Steering and Tiering Provisions in Managed Care Contracts

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division (the “DOJ”)and the State of North Carolina (“NC”) jointly sued, on June 9, 2016, Carolinas HealthCare System (“CHS”), the largest healthcare system in North Carolina, over...more

Contractual Prohibitions on Health Insurers Steering Policyholders to Lower Cost Providers Draws Antitrust Challenge

The United States Department of Justice has filed an action seeking to enjoin a hospital from enforcing provisions in its contracts with health insurers that prohibit the insurers from steering policyholders to lower cost...more

U.S. Department of Justice Sues North Carolina Hospital System for Insisting on Anti-Steering Provisions in Insurance...

On June 9, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (“DoJ”) filed a complaint against the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, d/b/a Carolinas Health Care System (“CHS”) in the United...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2016#3

CMS targets short-term insurance plans in efforts to stabilize the individual market risk pool; Illinois mandates Medicaid coverage for opioid addiction treatment; and Michigan seeks to restructure State Medicaid financing....more

DOJ and NC File Antitrust Suit Challenging Anti-Steering Restrictions in Payor Contracts

A popular weapon used to contain health care expenditures is the creation by payors and employers of tiered provider networks, which by differentiated co-pays attempt to steer insureds to less expensive choices. In...more

Health Update - May 2016

Actions to Advance Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health - Editor's Note: Children's earliest experiences—both positive and negative—impact their brain formation and in turn their social and emotional, physical,...more

Insurer Actions Cut the Heart Out of Out-of-Network Providers

Aetna Life Insurance Company recently won a $37 million verdict against a group of Northern California surgical centers, Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC and its affiliates (collectively, Bay Area), for an alleged...more

Sixth Circuit Finds Possibility of Conspiracy Among Hospital Network Members

The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday voted 2 to 1 to reverse a district court’s grant of summary judgment under which a defendant hospital network had been found to be a single entity incapable of conspiring with itself in an...more

UnitedHealth Settles NY Attorney General Antitrust Probe

In early January, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it had reached an agreement with UnitedHealth that would conclude the AG Office's investigation into UnitedHealth's marketing of elder care and nursing...more

Will 2016 Be the Year for McCarran Repeal?

As the second session of the 114th Congress begins to pick up steam, five bills are currently pending in the House that, if enacted, would repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act’s antitrust exemption for at least some insurers....more

California Insurance Department Holds Hearing on Centene/Health Net Merger

Since the summer of 2015, a great deal of attention has focused on whether the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers will be approved by federal and state antitrust regulators. These transactions have been the...more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

States Launch Hearings on Major Insurance Company Mergers

This summer, in the space of only a few weeks, Aetna announced an intention to acquire Humana, followed by an announcement by Anthem that it was planning to merge with Cigna. As was widely reported at the time, if...more

Congress Takes Long Look at Proposed Health Insurance Mergers

While the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers for any potential competitive concerns, Congress jumped into the process with both feet in...more

Health Care Mergers Come Under Scrutiny

In July, 2015, Aetna struck a deal to buy Humana for $37 billion, which would cover 33 million members. Merging with Humana would give Aetna more than one-quarter of the total Medicare Advantage market, analysts say. In...more

Health Update - September 2015

Latest Healthcare False Claims Act Roundup and Top 3 Best Practices to Reduce Exposure - As the legal landscape in healthcare becomes increasingly complex, healthcare companies that receive federal program funds face...more

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