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Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - April 2014

Shanghai High People’s Court Rules That Resale Price Maintenance Agreement Constitutes Monopolistic Agreement - The Shanghai High People’s Court recently made available its Aug. 1, 2013 final judgment overruling the...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

FTC Hosts Public Workshop, “Examining Health Care Competition”

During the last several years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken an active role in antitrust enforcement in the health care industry, particularly with respect to hospital and physician group acquisitions. Last...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

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

Hospital and Health System M&A Series: Developing a Hospital Transaction Strategy and Process

Hospital transactions involve complex processes and carry significant ramifications for an institution and the communities it serves. This article outlines key steps that a hospital board and management team should take in...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

New York State Publishes Draft Certificate of Public Advantage Regulations

The New York Department of Health recently published a proposed regulation that lays out the rules governing the issuance of certificates of public advantage for health care collaborations within the state....more

Norman Physician Hospital Organization — Factors Supporting Clinical Integration

Clinical integration is a somewhat imprecisely defined concept in the health care industry. Lawyers and health care executives have identified components and elements of clinical integration and frequently ask how many of...more

UK Competition Commission Provisionally Finds Anti-Competitive Features in Privately-Funded Health Care

The UK Competition Commission (the CC) has provisionally found that there are anti-competitive features in the supply or acquisition of privately-funded health care services, which give rise to adverse effects on competition....more

FTC Investigations of Provider Healthcare Transactions: Am I at Risk?

A recent article published in the Antitrust Law Journal titled "A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC," by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to an FTC commissioner who reviewed nonpublic information...more

The FTC Weighs in on Recent State Efforts to Promote/Hinder Healthcare Competition From APRNS

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) frequently has commented on state efforts to either expand or restrict competition faced by doctors from advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Generally speaking,...more

Promoting Healthcare Competition – The FTC’s Recent Comments on State Legislative/Regulatory Efforts Impacting Competition from...

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has frequently commented on state efforts to either expand, or restrict competition faced by doctors from advanced practice registered nurses (“APRNs”). Generally...more

FTC and Idaho AG Sue, Challenge St. Luke’s Acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), together with the Idaho Attorney General, have filed a complaint (the “joint complaint”) under seal in Federal district court seeking to block the acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group P.A.,...more

“Wide-Ranging Investigation” Leads FTC and Idaho AG to Join Ongoing Antitrust Lawsuit Challenging Acquisition of Idaho’s Largest...

After dodging an attempt by two of its competitors to stop the closing of its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”)—a for-profit, physician-owned, multi-specialty group comprising approximately 44 physicians...more

Health Care Legal News - October 25, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 9

In This Issue: - Five Core antitrust Principles For mergers of health insurers By: James M. Burns. On July 9, WellPoint and Amerigroup, two prominent health insurers, announced that they intended to merge in a...more

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

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

Federal Trade Commission Settles with Healthcare Group over Recent Acquisitions of Cardiologists

On August 6, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) agreed by a vote of 5-0 to enter into proposed settlements with Renown Health regarding that group’s recent acquisitions of two cardiology groups in Reno, Nevada. The...more

FTC Granted Preliminary Injunction Against OSF Healthcare System/Rockford Health System

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted the request for a preliminary injunction by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), pending a full administrative trial before an FTC Administrative Law Judge...more

The UK’s Private Healthcare Market is Under the Competition Spotlight

The market for privately funded healthcare services in the UK has been referred to the UK’s Competition Commission (CC) for investigation. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) (the UK’s competition regulator) suspects that...more

Healthcare Tops the Agenda of U.S. Antitrust Enforcers

Agencies promise close scrutiny of hospital mergers, reverse payment settlements, and REMS abuses. During a roundtable discussion featuring federal and state enforcers at the American Bar Association Section of...more

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