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FTC Victory in Idaho Hospital-Physician Acquisition Case Should be a Wake-Up Call for Future and Past Deals

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

Polsinelli Podcast - Going it Alone: Factors Independent Hospitals Should Consider Before Joining a Hospital System [Video]

Changes in health care are causing stand alone community hospitals to reconsider how they do business. In this week's "Inside Law" podcast, Health Care Shareholder Linas Grikis explores the issues facing hospitals considering...more

New Washington Department of Health Regulations

On December 23, 2013, the Washington State Department of Health (the “Department”) adopted two regulatory changes that impact hospitals. As discussed below, one change impacts Certificate of Need (CoN) review when there is a...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

Hospital-Physician Mergers: Practical Issues and Steps to Minimize Antitrust Risk

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

Supreme Court Reins in State Action Immunity

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

Merger-To-Monopoly Held Not Protected By State-Action Immunity

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

The Supreme Court Tightens Up State-Action Immunity: Justices Rule that Phoebe-Putney/Palmyra Transaction Is Not Immune from...

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

Supreme Court Clarifies Antitrust Immunity For State-Sanctioned Conduct

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

Supreme Court Limits State Action Immunity In FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court reined in the state action immunity doctrine, which exempts municipalities from scrutiny under the federal antitrust laws when they act pursuant to a “clearly articulated state...more

Supreme Court Hands FTC Victory on State Action Immunity

In a unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court this week tightened the standard for state action immunity under federal antitrust laws in a case involving a hospital merger. This decision arguably tightens the reins on the...more

Placing Limits on the State Action Doctrine, the Supreme Court Subjects Local Government Hospitals to Scrutiny under the Antitrust...

Recent major regulatory and technological developments have brought forth historic changes to the health care market. Health care providers have responded to these developments in several ways. One such mechanism, hospital...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Unforeseeability Bars Immunity Defense for Allegedly Anticompetitive Hospital Merger

On February 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that state-action immunity does not protect a state-created hospital authority from antitrust scrutiny over a proposed hospital merger where the anticompetitive...more

"US Supreme Court Narrows State-Action Doctrine in Hospital Merger Challenged by FTC"

In a unanimous decision issued on February 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state-action doctrine did not immunize Phoebe Putney Health System’s acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital in Albany, Georgia.1 The...more

Supreme Court Holds General Authorization To County Hospital Authority Insufficient For Antitrust Immunity

On February 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that the acquisition by a county hospital authority of another hospital in the same county was not immune from antitrust scrutiny under the state...more

Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling in Hospital Merger Case on Scope of State Action Immunity

On February 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a local hospital authority’s acquisition of a hospital in Georgia was not immunized from the antitrust laws under the state action doctrine. In doing so, the...more

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