Seek Alternatives To Questionable Mergers, Officials Say

By Jimmy Hoover (May 13, 2016, 5:11 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice antitrust regulators warned health care providers Friday not to use administrative perks and other business efficiencies to justify anticompetitive mergers, encouraging the merger-friendly industry to look for alternatives to consolidation.

Once regulators have identified antitrust problems with a planned hospital merger, proving to a court that the deal leaves consumers and patients better off and that there's no other way to achieve such benefits is a "tough hurdle," said Peter Mucchetti of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division at a conference in Northern Virginia on antitrust law in health care hosted by the American...

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