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Can Mergers Between Healthcare Providers in Different Markets Raise Antitrust Concerns? "Yes," Say Top Enforcers at FTC and DOJ

In reviewing mergers of healthcare providers, government antitrust enforcers have historically focused on horizontal mergers between competing providers—in particular, those that result in high market shares in a specific...more

The Unhappy Intersection of Hospital Mergers and Antitrust Laws

The rapidly-evolving field of health care has been moving lately towards a single-minded goal – coordination of patient care in the name of efficiency and efficacy. Hospital systems are more and more often merging with other...more

Alert: Ninth Circuit Recognizes Efficiencies May Enhance Competition in Antitrust Challenge to Merger*

In a rare appellate opinion addressing the merits of a merger challenge, the Ninth Circuit last month sided with the Federal Trade Commission, finding that a 2012 merger of two health care providers in Idaho was likely to...more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Nixes Hospital System Acquisition of Physician Practice Group: Preserving Competition Trumps Better...

On February 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which covers Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and Arizona) ordered St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St....more

Ninth Circuit and Massachusetts Superior Court Release Important Antitrust Decisions

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a Massachusetts Superior Court each recently released decisions dealing with alleged violations of antitrust prohibitions that implicate a number of important issues surrounding health...more

Divestiture of St. Luke's Acquisition Upheld Despite Transaction's "Laudable" Goals

On February 10, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) achieved a historic victory when a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital's acquisition of a physician's group – the transaction challenged by the FTC – ran afoul...more

Health Law Alert: Ninth Circuit Affirms Acquisition of Idaho Medical Group by St. Luke's Hospital Violates Antitrust Laws

On Feb. 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial victory for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (Saint Alphonsus) in their challenge to the acquisition by the St. Luke’s...more

Divestiture of St. Luke's Acquisition Upheld Despite Transaction's "Laudable" Goals

On February 10, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) achieved a historic victory when a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital's acquisition of a physician's group – the transaction challenged by the FTC – ran afoul...more

St. Luke's Health: Does Improving Patient Care Justify a Merger Under Antitrust Law? Ninth Circuit Says "No" and Orders...

Healthcare providers frequently consolidate to cut costs and improve patient care. These benefits can result from sharing administrative costs such as billing and electronic recordkeeping, eliminating excess capacity, better...more

In Highly-Anticipated Decision, Ninth Circuit Affirms That Hospital-Physician Group Merger in St. Luke’s Violated Section 7 And...

On February 10, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued its highly-anticipated decision at the intersection of health care and antitrust, affirming the lower court’s finding that a hospital-physician group merger completed nearly...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Acquisition Violates Antitrust Laws

On February 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court decision finding that the merger of two healthcare providers in Idaho violated antitrust laws. St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa...more

Classic Antitrust Principles Apply to Health Care Mergers Even Post-ACA

The Ninth Circuit last week held that St. Luke’s Health System’s purchase of a physician practice group violated federal antitrust laws. In doing so, it upheld a district court’s order that the merger be dissolved. ...more

Takeaways from the Ninth Circuit’s Opinion Affirming the FTC’s Victory Against the St. Luke's/Saltzer Merger

On February 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of the independent physician group Saltzer Medical Group violated...more

“Oh help me, please doctor, I’m damaged”*—What does the Future Hold for Hospital-Physician Acquisitions?

With the ink still drying on the Ninth Circuit’s opinion affirming the Idaho federal district court’s order requiring St. Luke’s Health System to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group—a for-profit, physician-owned,...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms FTC’s Challenge to Hospital-Physician Group Merger, While Rejecting Efficiencies and Health Care Quality...

In a much anticipated appellate health care antitrust decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s finding that a consummated hospital-physician group merger violated Section 7...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds the FTC’s Challenge to the St. Luke’s/Saltzer Combination

On February 10, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court decision, which held that St. Luke’s Health System’s (“St. Luke’s”) acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”) violated...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Divestiture Order in St. Luke’s/Saltzer Medical Group Acquisition

In an opinion issued February 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a year-old decision by the Idaho District Court which held that St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of the Saltzer Medical...more

FTC Successful Challenge to Hospital Acquisition of Physician Group

In March 2013, the Federal Trade Commission, together with the Idaho Attorney General, filed a complaint seeking to block St. Luke’s Health System’s planned acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group P.A., a multi-specialty...more

Antitrust and Health Care: An Update from the Federal Trade Commission

The interplay between the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and antitrust has been a matter of great moment for several years. It has been an issue in litigation such as the Federal Trade...more

Perspectives from the Federal Antitrust Enforcement Agencies

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

Sedgwick’s Top 10 List of Healthcare Issues to Watch in 2014

We are watching decisions and regulatory developments that will impact health insurers and the way they do business. What are you watching for in 2014? Issues surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...more

Merger enforcement actions below the HSR threshold - top ten tips in non-reportable transactions

“Less is more” may be true in architecture, but in merger clearance law, “less” is still enough to trigger antitrust investigations and litigation and rescission of the whole transaction. By “less,” we mean less than the...more

Integrated Health in Limbo After U.S. District Court Decision

In January, a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Idaho ordered St. Luke’s Health System Ltd. (St. Luke’s) to unwind a recent acquisition of a physician group because the deal violated federal and state antitrust...more

FTC's Success in St. Luke's Challenge Shows Litigation Risks to Merging Hospitals and Physicians

In the first fully litigated challenge by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to a hospital acquisition of physician practices, a federal district court judge ruled that St. Luke’s Health System’s (St. Luke’s) acquisition of a...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News

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

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