Tag Archives: mergers

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money:* Providers Lining Up Against Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana Mergers

In the wake of Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, providers are lining up to be heard. Take the American Medical Association (AMA), for example, which is urging federal and state regulators to “take a hard look at [the] proposed health insurer mergers” and enforce the antitrust laws that “prohibit … Continue Reading

“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, multi-specialty group comprising approximately 44 physicians located in Nampa, Idaho—what does the decision mean for other providers? Hospitals considering future acquisitions of physician … Continue Reading

Say Ah! FTC and DOJ to Host Second Workshop on “Examining Health Care Competition

On February 24-25, 2015, the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice will host their second workshop on “Examining Health Care Competition.” The workshop will take place in Washington, D.C., and will focus on recent developments related to healthcare provider organization and payment models that may affect competition in the provision of healthcare services. Specific … Continue Reading

What the WTP? The Rise of Merger Simulation in Hospital Transactions

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. What is hospital merger simulation? In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has come to rely more heavily on hospital merger … Continue Reading

Connecticut’s Attorney General Wants to Know in Advance if You Are Going to Join Forces With a Healthcare Provider

Editor’s Note:  This post originally appeared on BakerHostetler’s Antitrust Advocate blog. Back in early 2013, Connecticut’s Attorney General (AG) formed a “Health Care Competition Working Group” within his office to examine the potential impact of horizontal mergers (e.g., hospital to hospital) and vertical provider acquisitions (i.e., hospitals buying up physician practices) “may have on the … Continue Reading

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

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on BakerHostetler’s Antitrust Advocate blog. 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, multi-specialty group comprising approximately 44 physicians located in Nampa, Idaho.  But hospitals considering future … Continue Reading
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