FTC Opinion Draws New Roadmap For Health Care Tie-Ups

Law360, New York (February 14, 2013, 9:30 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission gave its blessing Wednesday to a proposed physician-hospital network in Oklahoma, laying out the first post-Affordable Care Act blueprint for how providers can structure new ways to coordinate care without running afoul of antitrust laws, experts say. 

The Norman Physician Hospital Organization, or Norman PHO, got a favorable staff advisory opinion Wednesday on its plan to provide integrated care among 280 physicians and Norman Regional Health System hospitals.

In recent years, and especially since the ACA was passed, health care providers and...
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