The US District Court for the District of Idaho orders to unwind a hospital group merger (St. Luke’s Health System / Saltzer Medical)

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On January 24, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Idaho ordered St. Luke’s Health System to unwind a merger with the Saltzer Medical Group [1]. The outcome represented a significant victory for the various parties, including the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the State of Idaho, that had challenged the merger under § 7 of the Clayton Act [2]. Because St. Luke’s operates seven hospitals across Idaho and because Saltzer is the largest independent multi-specialty physician group in the state, the outcome has been likened to a warning shot across the bow of the many hospitals and physician groups that have been contemplating closer affiliations in the wake of the changes to the health care industry wrought by the Affordable Care Act. Although the initial wave of

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  • Paul Hastings (San Francisco)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Los Angeles)
  • Paul Hastings (Washington)
  • Paul Hastings (San Francisco)

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Thomas P. Brown, James F. Owens, Hart Holden, Emily Dodds Powell, The US District Court for the District of Idaho orders to unwind a hospital group merger (St. Luke’s Health System / Saltzer Medical), 24 January 2014, e-Competitions January 2014, Art. N° 73790

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