Physician Practice Acquisitions Continue to Attract Antitrust Scrutiny

    View Author August 2012
    Healthcare reform continues to drive consolidation among healthcare providers attempting to leverage economies of scale, respond to calls for increased coordination of care and maintain margins in the face of declining reimbursement. In many instances, these provider consolidation efforts have attracted antitrust scrutiny from both federal and state enforcement agencies. Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission and Nevada attorney general continued a recent string of successful enforcement actions against healthcare providers, announcing that they had entered into a proposed consent decree with Renown Health relating to its acquisition of two cardiology physician groups.

    Our publication examines this and similar actions and discusses how to lower the risk of an acquisition being investigated and challenged.