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AHA urges FTC to allow mergers before a hospital is ready to close
Modern Healthcare

A hospital should not have to arrive at death’s door before the Federal Trade Commission will allow it to merge with a competitor, lawyers for the American Hospital Association have written in a friend-of-the-court brief. The Chicago-based trade group filed a 45-page amicus brief this week in a case in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, where judges are set to consider the FTC’s order to unravel Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica Health System’s acquisition of its eighth hospital, 216-bed St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.