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Edith Ramirez, head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), recently defended antitrust enforcement efforts in the healthcare industry against claims that such regulation undermines efforts to contain costs through provider...more
Federal and state courts are expected to rule on several nationally watched antitrust health care cases during the first half of 2015.
As we enter into the first week of the New Year, Nexsen Pruet associate Rachel...more
As hospital and physician consolidation continues, state Attorneys General (AG) have not abdicated the merger enforcement arena to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)...more
On October 6, Ellwood F. Oakley III, an administrative hearing officer at Georgia’s Department of Community Health, reversed an initial staff determination that a new Certificate of Need (CON) would not be required if Phoebe...more
Milton Friedman, an American economist and writer once said,
“I was a great supporter of antitrust laws, I thought enforcing them was one of the few desirable things that the government could do to promote more...more
On September 5, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rejected a proposed settlement agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., and returned the matter to administrative court to assess whether Phoebe Putney’s 2011...more
Almost one year ago, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) agreed to settle its antitrust challenge of Phoebe Putney Health System’s (Phoebe Putney) acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center (Palmyra) without requiring divesture or any...more
If you are a health system or hospital thinking about a potential transaction and your lawyers haven’t spoken with you about hospital merger simulation, then maybe you should be talking with someone else.
If you are a health system or hospital thinking about a potential transaction and your lawyers have not spoken with you about hospital merger simulation, maybe you should be talking with someone else.
What is hospital...more
The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent streak of successfully challenging hospital mergers under section 7 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 18) continues. On April 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the...more
Sixth Circuit Upholds FTC Decision to Block Hospital Merger –
In an opinion issued last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the FTC’s decision that a 2010 merger in Lucas County, Ohio between...more
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
The ink is still drying on the Idaho federal district court’s order requiring St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”) to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”) – a for-profit, physician-owned,...more
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
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
A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to a FTC Commissioner who reviewed non-public information on the decisions...more
Speaking at an American Bar Association symposium titled “Retrospective Analysis of Agency Determinations in Merger Transactions,” Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, highlighted the FTC’s successful...more
In this Issue:
- Focus On The Federal Trade Commission
- Supreme Court Decision in FTC v. Actavis Provides Guidance on Pay-for-Delay
- DOJ Prevails on Liability in eBooks Antitrust Case in the Southern District...more
Recently, hospitals have been actively acquiring primary care and specialty physician groups, resulting in the employment of those physicians. This trend has occurred largely in response to reimbursement changes and other...more
In an opinion that has implications for the health care industry and beyond, the Supreme Court, in Federal Trade Commission v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., last month clarified the standard for exempting “state-action”...more
Last week a unanimous Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated opinion in FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., addressing the "State action" exemption from application of the federal antitrust laws for the first time...more
The U.S. Supreme Court on February 19th scaled back the "state action immunity" doctrine, siding with the Federal Trade Commission on an issue that had divided the lower courts and holding that a county Hospital Authority's...more
On February 19, 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously held that the effective acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center (“Palmyra”) by Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc. (“PPHS") in Southwestern Georgia was not immune from antitrust...more
What you need to know:
The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision siding with the FTC against a hospital merger in Georgia.
What you need to do:
Companies should conduct careful analysis before...more
On February 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, found that a merger of two Georgia hospitals was not immune from federal antitrust laws under the "state-action" exemption, reversing a decision of the...more
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