In this issue:

Healthcare is not only a contentious antitrust issue, but a highly confusing one; we focus here on clinical integration. Christi Braun looks at the challenge of promoting cost-effective health care while controlling joint contracting; Heather Cooper gives some cautionary advice to physicians looking to join forces; Ashley Fischer & David Marx, Jr. analyze antitrust interaction with the new ObamaCare ACO’s; Melinda Hatton brings an insider’s viewpoint; Greg Pelnar analyzes the similarity between physician networks and cartels; and Greg Vistnes advises potential ACOs how to stay safe.

We’ve also added a timely bonus article—Antonio Bavasso & Simon Pritchard discuss how to use the U.K.’s spending review to implement some needed reform in U.K. competition policy; in particular, consolidating the current two-tier system of initial review and full investigation under a single roof.

Clinical Integration & Antitrust

Christi Braun, Oct 11, 2010

Clinical Integration: The Balancing of Competition and Health Care Policies

The antitrust agencies are unlikely to challenge a clinical integration network that is able to generate significant efficiencies that benefit consumers and about which payers do not complain. Christi Braun, Ober Kaler

Heather Cooper, Oct 11, 2010

Federal Courts and Enforcers Diagnose Physician Practice Associations with Risk of Conspiracy Liability: Degree of Integration is Crucial to Challenges to Medical Netw


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