St. Luke's Shows ACA No Panacea For Health Care Mergers

Law360, New York (February 10, 2015, 7:56 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit's ruling Tuesday rejecting St. Luke's Health System Ltd.'s bid to use the Affordable Care Act to justify its acquisition of a local physician practice demonstrates that health care reform arguments offer no sure fix to otherwise anti-competitive tie-ups between providers.

A three-judge panel emphasized that though St. Luke's may have had the laudable goal of offering better care to patients after its purchase of Saltzer Medical Group PA, it couldn't point to any specific efficiencies the deal would yield to offset the Federal Trade Commission's showing that the tie-up would lead to higher prices for primary care services...

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