Charity Hospital’s Antitrust Case Uncharitably Dismissed

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed antitrust claims by a charity hospital that alleged two medical centers colluded to squeeze the hospital out of the market for cardiac services. Deborah Heart and Lung Center, a charity hospital located in Browns Mills, New Jersey, asserted …

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Insurer’s Agreements with Providers Are Not Per Se Antitrust Violations

The Iowa Supreme Court refused to categorize a health insurer’s agreements with providers in Iowa and its participation in the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) network as per se violations of the antitrust laws.  In its decision in Mueller v. Wellmark, Inc. issued on February 27, 2015, the court …

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Antitrust Protection for State Professional Boards

In a 6-3 decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that state professional boards comprised of active professionals in the occupation the board regulates cannot invoke state-action antitrust immunity unless the board is …

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Court Rejects AG-Approved Partners HealthCare Acquisitions

It took three years for Massachusetts hospital giant Partners HealthCare System to negotiate the state attorney general’s approval of its plan to acquire three more hospitals to add to its current 12.  But last Thursday a state court flatly rejected the AG-approved deal.  And the rejection was expressed in …

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FTC Approves Divestiture of Medical Center as Part of Acquisition Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved an application by Community Health Systems (CHS) to sell Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and its associated assets in Hartsville, South Carolina to Capella Healthcare, Inc.  The sale is one of two divestitures required by the FTC to settle allegations that …

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Goliath Defeats David in Ohio Hospital Suit

It’s a real dog-bites-man story:  Ohio’s eighteen hundred-bed Premier Health System came out on top in its three-year court battle with a 26-bed specialty hospital in Dayton. On Monday the court unsealed its October 20 decision handing Premier summary judgment.  Tiny Medical Center at Elizabeth Park …

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