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Supreme Court sides with FTC in blocking hospital mergers

The court found that two Georgia hospitals were not immune from federal antitrust scrutiny

The U.S. Supreme Court gave some help to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday, with a unanimous ruling that reinforces the agency’s power to block hospital mergers.

The case at issue involved an FTC challenge to a merger that would have combined two hospitals in Albany, Ga. Lower courts initially sided with the hospitals, ruling that federal antitrust laws didn’t apply to the deal, since the acquiring hospital fell under the auspices of the local county hospital board.

Alanna Byrne

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