FTC Bares Teeth As Hospitals Buy Doc Groups

Law360, New York (March 28, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT) -- A recent Federal Trade Commission suit seeking to block an Idaho hospital system's purchase of a physician practice puts in action for the first time the agency's warnings that it is closely scrutinizing such deals – increasingly popular as a result of the Affordable Care Act – and experts say providers considering a tie-up should tread carefully.

The FTC and Idaho's attorney general filed suit against St. Luke's Health System Ltd. on March 12, challenging its acquisition of a large physician group, the Saltzer Medical Group.The...
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