This second of our special health-care series concerns health care mergers, perhaps the thorniest antitrust issue that ObamaCare presents. While the ACA encourages cost savings through ACOs and other means, the antitrust authorities continue to be skeptical of health care institution mergers. Do all health care mergers fall between a rock and a hard place? Our experts present explanations and practical answers. (For those of you who missed Part 1 of our series on Reverse Payments, check it out here.) And we’ve added a special article on LIBOR to make certain our readers are up to date on that scandal. Enjoy!
Health Care Mergers – Between a Rock and a Hard Place
When the Antitrust Laws May Not Allow Healthcare Providers to Pursue Merger-Specific Efficiencies And What Healthcare Providers Can Do About It
If carefully structured, virtually all health care organizations have opportunities through collaborations to achieve their strategic goals. Ashley Fischer, Jeffrey Brennan & David Marx (McDermott, Will, and Emery)
Given that many types of affiliations are only just getting off the ground, there is little precedent on the basis of which to gauge what the Agencies enforcement policies will be. John Gale & Lona Fowdur (Economists Incorporated)