The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals plus a Massachusetts Superior Court each recently released decisions dealing with alleged violations of antitrust prohibitions that implicate numerous important issues surrounding healthcare reform as well as the consolidation of medical providers. These cases are actually carefully viewed with the healthcare community due to the current industry-wide uncertainty in regards to the compatibility of federal antitrust laws and regulations and rules while using Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) healthcare reform provisions that incentivize provider integration and consolidation.
NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS Ftc CHALLENGE OF ST. LUKE’S PHYSICIAN PRACTICE ACQUISITION –
On February 10, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) affirmed an Idaho District Court (District Court) ruling (as reported in the prior Health Law Pulse) the health system’s acquisition of a giant physician group (Merger) violated federal antitrust law.
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