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In an important decision for ACOs and other hospital-physician integrated delivery systems, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a district court’s judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which held that the acquisition in December 2012 by St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho of Saltzer Medical Group, a multi- specialty physician group, violated federal antitrust law, specifically Section 7 of the Clayton Act. St. Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa, Inc. v. St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd., No. 14-35 M3 (Ninth Cir. Feb. 10, 2015). Read More ›

(Written in collaboration with Linda Kollar & Devin Senelick)

Responding to a subpoena for a patient’s health information can often seem like a Catch-22. On one hand, health care providers could face liability if they produce records without complying with complex federal and state privacy laws. On the other hand, they could be threatened with sanctions by courts and attorneys if they fail to produce records in a timely manner. Read More ›

The cyber attack and data breach at Anthem – reported on February 4 - has already spawned lawsuits in at least four states.  It is reported that the breach – caused by unknown hackers – affected as many as 80 million records of customers and employees.   Read More ›

On February 2, the Obama Administration announced a proposed 2016 budget that calls for savings of about $400 billion in health programs over 10 years. However, this is a net number, which obscures a much more complex story for health care providers.  Read More ›

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