Antitrust Issues in Health Care

    View Author September 2009

    The new administration under President Barack Obama has promised to reinvigorate antitrust enforcement, particularly with respect to health care mergers and acquisitions and anticompetitive conduct engaged in by dominant firms in concentrated markets. The FTC's recent complaint challenging Carilion's acquisition of two outpatient clinics in Roanoke, Virginia illustrates the government's renewed focus on antitrust enforcement in this area and reinforces the need for hospitals and other health care industry participants to carefully consider the antitrust implications of any proposed merger, acquisition or other collaborative conduct prior to engaging in such conduct.

    In the attached presentation Squire Sanders partner John M. Kirsner and principal Christopher H. Gordon examine in further detail the changing antitrust conditions facing the health care industry.