Hospital-Practice Mergers May Land In FTC Crosshairs

By Michael Macagnone (October 27, 2016, 2:02 PM EDT) -- The head of the Federal Trade Commission's competition bureau said Thursday that the agency could look to bring new kinds of health care merger cases, focusing on vertical integrations like hospitals buying physician practices, rather than just on hospitals buying each other.

Speaking as part of a panel at a George Washington Law School event in D.C. on health care law and policy, FTC Bureau of Competition head Deborah Feinstein said that as the agency looks at a growing number of mergers among health care providers, mergers among different providers could also present anti-competitive concerns.

Feinstein said that the agency generally...

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