A US Attorney General launches a wide investigation into whether increasing consolidation among hospitals and physician groups may be resulting in supra-competitive prices for medical care

California Attorney General Becomes the Latest Antitrust Enforcer to Investigate Hospital/Doctor Group Combinations* California’s Attorney General has recently launched a broad investigation into whether increasing consolidation among hospitals and physician groups may be resulting in supra-competitive prices for medical care, according to several media sources. This investigation reflects increased scrutiny by antitrust regulators on a nationwide basis of rapid consolidation among the healthcare industry, which in large part has recently been motivated by the federal Affordable Care Act which encourages efficiency and higher quality through coordination of care among different groups of providers. The California Attorney General has issued subpoenas to several large hospital systems

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  • Sheppard Mullin (Los Angeles)
  • Sheppard Mullin (Century City)

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Helen Cho Eckert, David R. Garcia, A US Attorney General launches a wide investigation into whether increasing consolidation among hospitals and physician groups may be resulting in supra-competitive prices for medical care, 13 September 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin September 2012, Art. N° 66527

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