The US FTC agrees to "unusual" remedy in hospitals merger case (Phoebe Putney Health System)

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has settled its long running dispute with the Phoebe Putney Health System, Palmyra Park Hospital, and the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County over the Hospital Authority's acquisition of Palmyra in Albany, Georgia. Memorialized in a consent decree, the settlement in this merger challenge is unusual for what it does not include – a requirement that the Hospital Authority divest Palmyra. According to the FTC, Georgia's certificate-of-need ("CON") law precludes a divestiture of either hospital. And beyond that, the FTC chose not to seek the sort of conduct remedies it has sought in a past consummated case, such as separate health plan negotiation teams. The FTC itself (correctly) describes this settlement as "highly unusual." Background In

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Toby G. Singer, Bevin M.B. Newman, The US FTC agrees to "unusual" remedy in hospitals merger case (Phoebe Putney Health System), 22 August 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin Healthcare, Art. N° 57102

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