Antitrust Lessons From Interplay Of Hospitals, Doc Groups

Law360, New York (April 8, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT) -- Administrators of hospitals and medical specialty groups have much to learn from recent cases brought by the federal antitrust regulators and private parties claiming violations of the Sherman and Clayton Acts. Not paying sufficient attention to antitrust perception can create unwelcome responses.

On March 12, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission joined with the Idaho attorney general in filing a complaint in federal district court seeking to unwind the Dec. 31, 2012, acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group PA, Idaho's largest independent multispecialty physician practice, by St. Luke's Health System, a not-for profit hospital which is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

The FTC complaint...

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