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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

Basics of the BPCIA

The FDA broadly defines biologics as medical products derived from living sources (human, animal, plant, or microorganism) intended to treat or prevent diseases. Biologics thus include such varied vehicles of medical...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Legislation to Strengthen Medicaid Program Integrity and Fraud Controls... Bipartisan Senate Bill Introduced to Stop Anti-Competitive “Pay-For-Delay”...more

Anatomy of a Provider-Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 6)

by Baker Ober Health Law on

This is the concluding installment of a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission's challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for...more

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hold Joint Workshop on Payment Models and Competition Within the Health Care...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On February 24-25, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) co-hosted a second public workshop as part of the “Examining Health Care Competition” series to study...more

Anatomy of a Provider-Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 5)

by Baker Ober Health Law on

This is the fifth in a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission's challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for Early Legal Advice...more

FTC and DOJ to Host Second Public Workshop on Health Care Competition

by Mintz Levin on

Last March, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) began a public workshop series entitled, “Examining Health Care Competition.” On February 24 and 25, 2015, the FTC will physically host the...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Independent Hospitals Innovating, Finding New Partnerships in Response to Market Pressures

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services recently warned the health care sector was at “a tipping point where negative forces have started to outweigh many providers’ ability to implement sufficient countermeasures.” S&P noted...more

Perspectives from the Federal Antitrust Enforcement Agencies

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Antitrust in Health Care conference took place May 13 to 14, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia, where a number of the speakers were representatives of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the Antitrust Division of the U.S....more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

FTC Again Confirms That Antitrust Law Encourages ACO Formation

by BakerHostetler on

Once again, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has rebutted calls by physician groups that state legislation is needed to allow independent physicians to collaborate....more

Antitrust Law Encourages Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) Formation

by BakerHostetler on

Once again, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has rebutted claims by physician groups that state legislation is needed to allow independent physicians to collaborate....more

Just How Much Integration Is Enough: FTC Advisory Opinion Finally Provides Guidance For Competitors Seeking To Collaborate Or...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued its first advisory opinion addressing clinical integration programs since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Without a doubt the advisory opinion is useful for...more

Renown Health-FTC Antitrust Agreement: Guidance for Hospitals Acquiring and Employing Physicians

by Baker Donelson on

Renown was represented in the agencies' investigation and the ensuing settlement negotiations by Ober/Kaler principal Bill Berlin, a member of the firm's Antitrust and Competition Group. On August 6, 2012, Renown...more

Health Care Legal News - July 12, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 6

by Dickinson Wright on

In This Issue: - SUPREME COURT TO HEAR FTC CHALLENGE TO GEORGIA HOSPITAL MERGER By: James M. Burns - On June 25, the United States Supreme Court granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for...more

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