Antitrust Risks Of Health Care Consolidation

Law360, New York (August 23, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT) -- Continuing a recent trend by antitrust enforcement authorities, on Aug. 6, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Nevada attorney general announced proposed consent decrees settling litigation filed against Reno, Nev.,’s largest hospital provider, Renown Health, relating to its recent acquisitions of two cardiology physician groups.

The announcement illustrates government agencies’ renewed commitment to scrutinize health care transactions that might limit or eliminate competition among health care providers, seemingly regardless of size or reportability under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Renown Health operates general acute care hospitals and...
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