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FTC Sues to Block Hospital Acquisition of Medical Practice

Posted Mar 29 2013 11:30am

Adding an interesting wrinkle to an already complex environment, the Federal Trade Commission filed a suit this month to block an Idaho hospital from acquiring a physician practice.  According to an article on thomsonreuters.com , the FTC and the IDAHO Attorney General have filed an antitrust complaint  seeking to block St. Luke's Health System's acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group, a large multi-specialty practice.  The FTC's alleges that the acquisition would result in St. Luke's having a 60% share  of the local primary care market.  This most recent foray into the physician/hospital acquisition arena suggests that a truly integrated delivery model may simply not be possible in some markets.

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