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Hospital Mergers Unlikely to be Affected by Antitrust Ruling
Health Leaders Media

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week that makes it harder for local hospital authorities to claim immunity from federal antitrust laws will likely have little practical effect on most hospitals mergers taking place across the nation, observers say. In a running two-year old legal battle, the Federal Trade Commission challenged as anticompetitive Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.’s proposed $195 million acquisition of rival Palmyra Park Hospital, in Albany, GA from HCA.