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The Pennsylvania Attorney General negotiates creative consent decrees which allowed hospital mergers to be consummated subject to conditions (Providence Health System / North Central Pennsylvania Health System)

In two hospital merger cases, the Pennsylvania Attorney General negotiated fairly novel and creative consent decrees, which permitted the mergers to be consummated in exchange for the merging parties agreeing to a number of conditions. These conditions included numerous provisions to protect competition, not only in the traditional inpatient, acute care hospital services market, but also in various ancillary markets such as home health care, durable medical equipment, physician services, and health care insurance markets. In addition, these decrees required the merging parties to achieve specific levels of net cost savings within the first five years. In Providence Health System, the Pennsylvania Attorney General filed a Section & of the Clayton Act complaint to stop the merger

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Tiffany Chongyang Ge, The Pennsylvania Attorney General negotiates creative consent decrees which allowed hospital mergers to be consummated subject to conditions (Providence Health System / North Central Pennsylvania Health System), 26 May 1994, e-Competitions May 1994, Art. N° 71623

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