ACA-Prompted Hospital Mergers Can't Escape Antitrust Scrutiny

Law360, New York (October 12, 2012, 5:34 PM EDT) -- Although initiatives built into health reform are pressuring hospitals to consolidate, experts say antitrust regulators aren't cutting much slack because of the law and that providers still need powerful proof of consumer benefits before they'll be allowed to join forces.

Providers are accustomed to coming under an anti-competitive microscope when teaming up, but the recent spate of mergers and acquisitions stands out because of its breakneck pace and because it's encouraged by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act while being subjected to the same consumer...
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