Judge Won't Halt Health System's Physician Practice Buy

Law360, New York (December 20, 2012, 7:40 PM EST) -- An Idaho federal judge on Thursday refused to stop St. Luke's Health System Ltd. from purchasing a local physician practice, finding that rival St. Alphonsus Health System Inc. could not show it will suffer immediate referral drops or forced layoffs because of the deal.

St. Alphonsus lodged a suit against St. Luke's last month, arguing that its rival's plans to acquire Saltzer Medical Group would give St. Luke's a near monopoly over the Nampa, Idaho, adult primary care market. The deal would cripple St. Alphonsus' facility...
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