Despite the FTC’s Objections, a Mega-Provider Healthcare System Could Be on the Horizon

Posted by Paul Darling on Wed, Aug 03, 2016

The current U.S. healthcare climate seems to produce a significant announcement each week of a hospital merger or acquisition. In fact, more than 100 provider mergers are anticipated for 2016. Amidst all of this M&A activity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been issuing and winning antitrust challenges for many of the larger provider M&As. Until recently, the FTC has been undefeated in all of the cases that it has challenged.


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A Tale of Two Cities: How Planned Hospital Consolidations in Atlanta and Chicago Epitomize U.S. Healthcare Ecosystems in Flux

Posted by Paul Darling on Wed, Jan 27, 2016

December’s news about planned hospital consolidations in Atlanta and Chicago is a reminder of how local healthcare ecosystems are changing in different ways and at different paces. In Atlanta, the year’s steady drumbeat of hospital consolidation news culminated in WellStar Health System’s announced acquisition of Tenet Healthcare’s five regional hospitals. At the same time, healthcare players in Chicago were reeling from the news that the FTC plans to block the merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem, which would have formed one of the nation’s largest hospital systems.  


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