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According to Alan
Greenspan, "The world of antitrust
is reminiscent of Alice's
Wonderland: everything seemingly is, yet apparently isn't,
simultaneously." In the health care arena, whether a particular
transaction is or is not a violation of the antitrust laws may depend
on the enforcement zeal of the current administration, the political
cut of health reform, or even the judge assigned to a case.
Good News for health care partnerships!
On August 28, 1996, DOJ and FTC issued important joint
of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care. The statements
cover nine areas, including an
and a Separate
Statement of FTC Commissioner Christine A. Varney:
The two new statements on Physician Network
Joint Ventures and Multiprovider Joint Ventures should be welcomed
the health care industry, which has long criticized antitrust laws
for impinging on collaborations that could improve patient care and
competition between providers.
News & Reports
Care: Antitrust Enforcement Under Maryland's Hospital
All-PayerSystem (Letter Report, 04/27/94, GAO/HEHS-94-81). One
issue being raised in the debate over health care reform is how
antitrust law should be applied to health care providers.
Care: Federal and State Antitrust Actions Concerning the Health
Care Industry (Letter Report, 08/05/94, GAO/HEHS-94-220). GAO
found that of 397 acute care hospital mergers reviewed by Justice
and the FTC in the 13 year period of fiscal year 1981 through
fiscal year 1993, less than 4 percent were challenged.
Federal Antitrust Rules: Opportunities and Challenges for
Physicians and Hospitals Physicians, hospitals and other
providers should carefully review the Revised Statements and
consider their application to the ongoing development and
implementation of successful and lawful integrated delivery
Antitrust Law Section Antitrust regulation can affect any
lawyer who represents business clients and corporations.
TheSection offers the leading forum for ongoing analysis of
policies and developments affecting competition and consumer
& Certificates Of Public Advantage, BY TIM SIZE
Competition and cooperation have never been seen as mutually
exclusive concepts in the development of rural health systems, and
these issues are becoming increasingly important on a number of
"COMPETITIVE VS. COLLABORATIVE" FORCES In Wisconsin, policy
concerns surrounding the issues of competition, cooperation, and
antitrust enforcement in rural areas are becoming increasingly
important on a number of fronts.
- FTC News
Releases The latest from the Federal Trade Commission.
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Releases The latest from the Health Care Financing
Speeches Speeches from the Health Care Financing
Testimony Testimony from the Health Care Financing
- HCFA: Public
- HSR: Local
Markets and Systems: Hospital Consolidations in Metropolitan
Areas This study examines the formation of local hospital
systems (LHSs) in urban markets through the year 1992. We argue
that a primary reason why hospitals join LHSs is to achieve
improved positions of market power relative to threatening rivals.
- The Role of
Anititrust Immunity in the Washington State Health Care Market
The Legislature directed the Attorney General to examine the issue
of whether antitrust immunity should be granted to allow certain
activities by health care providers and purchasers which might
otherwise violate state or federal antitrust laws. This report
presents the arguments for and against immunity and provides
empirical evidence of the role competition has played in the
health care service market in Washington.
Antitrust & Certificates Of Public Advantage Competition
and cooperation have never been seen as mutually exclusive
concepts in the development of rural health systems, and these
issues are becoming increasingly important on a number of fronts.
- Vanderbilt Antitrust
Policy Project The project links four types of information:
antitrust case documents (complaints, opinions, and expert
testimony); enforcement guidelines and speeches; economic
bibliographies; and current antitrust issues in the news.
Health Care Evolves, Antitrust Law Endures A reasonable level
of understanding of basic antitrust concepts can help managed care
practitioners avoid spending an unreasonable amount of time and
money defending or explaining commercial actions.
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