A federal judge recently reversed a hospital system’s acquisition of a physician practice under antitrust laws. Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for Idaho ruled that St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St. Luke’s”) and Saltzer Medical Group, P.A. (“Saltzer”) would need to unwind their deal as a result of violations of the Clayton Act and the Idaho Competition Act. Suit was brought to enjoin the deal by the Federal Trade Commission and competitors of St. Luke’s and Saltzer. Despite ordering St. Luke’s to fully divest itself of Saltzer’s physicians and assets, Judge Winmill lauded the efforts of the parties to improve patient outcomes through greater coordination of care.
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