The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is consistently maintaining a court presence regarding its efforts to halt healthcare mergers it thinks aren't competitive.
A judge-panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mentioned that an Idaho federal judge remained on strong round when he ruled that 2012 deal of St. Luke’s Health System with the Saltzer Medical Group could push to higher pricing for medical services.
The 9th Circuit indicated that when a merger in healthcare happens it risks higher pricing. At the same time it’s not enough to prove that a merger would let the current system serve patients better.
St. Luke’s pointed out that the merger would let it offer improved healthcare as well as enhanced electronic sharing of medical records. The court of appeals, however, showed findings that St. Luke’s isn’t required to purchase a new group of doctors to take in a different and new approach.