FTC's Carilion Clinic Breakup — Outlier Or Omen?

Law360, New York (November 16, 2009, 4:52 PM EST) -- For the first time since 1994, the Federal Trade Commission has challenged and forced the divestiture of an exclusively outpatient service line acquisition not involving a full-scale hospital or health care system merger or acquisition.

On Oct. 7, 2009, Carilion Clinic agreed to sell the outpatient imaging center and outpatient surgery center it had purchased in 2008 in Roanoke, Va.

For years, the greatest focus of antitrust concern in health care merger and acquisition activity has been on the mergers of hospitals and health care systems....
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