Hospital Mergers Drive Up Prices, Insurers Tell 6th Circ.

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 4:40 PM EST) -- A health insurance trade group recently told the Sixth Circuit that consolidation among hospitals has driven up prices to consumers and urged the court to uphold a Federal Trade Commission decision that required ProMedica Health System Inc. to divest an Ohio hospital.

In an amicus brief, trade group America's Health Insurance Plans argued that the FTC was correct to conclude that ProMedica's 2010 acquisition of St. Luke's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, restrained competition. The brief was filed with the Sixth Circuit on Nov. 21 but announced...
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