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Sacred Heart Hospital to Merge with St. Luke's

The Morning Call | Binghui Huang  | Sept. 19, 2017

Sacred Heart Hospital, the downtown Allentown Catholic hospital that has cared for some of the poorest patients in the region for more than 100 years, will become part of the growing St. Luke's University Health Network, the two hospital systems announced Tuesday.

The union comes a day after St. Luke’s obtained approval to build another hospital building at its Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township, a $100 million project that includes two floors dedicated to maternity care, and less than a week after St. Luke’s announced its merger with Blue Mountain Health System, a network of two hospitals in Carbon County, adding 1,000 employees and expanding its reach to the Coal Region...read more here.

FTC wins appeal to halt Penn State Hershey/PinnacleHealth merger

Modern Healthcare | Erica Teichert  | Sept. 27, 2016

A federal appeals court decision Tuesday pausing Penn State Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center's merger with PinnacleHealth System has placed the Federal Trade Commission's hospital antitrust review program back on stable ground after a couple concerning losses.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit reversed the FTC's May loss in the Penn State-PinnacleHealth case, temporarily pausing the proposed merger while the agency takes on administrative review of the case. The 3rd Circuit judges said the lower court ignored the impact of the proposed merger on insurers when it ruled against the FTC, saying its analysis of the FTC's and Pennsylvania state regulators' proposed geographic market for the challenge was “economically unsound” and ignored commercial realities in the healthcare market.

Many experts saw the 3rd Circuit reversal as a necessary win for the FTC, according to Bruce Sokler, chair of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC's antitrust section. Without this decision, FTC's hospital antitrust enforcement program could have been in jeopardy after two courts rejected its theories on geographic markets...read more here.

States, economists and doctors tell court: don't allow Hershey Medical Center Pinnacle 

Lancaster Online | Tim Stuhldreher | Jun. 11, 2016

  • Hershey Medical Center

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office have secured some high-powered allies in their battle to block the planned merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Harrisburg-based PinnacleHealth System.

This week, a coalition of 12 states, a group of 37 top health care economists and the Association of Independent Doctors, an organization that represents almost 1,000 physicians in 14 states, filed three separate “friend of the court” briefs urging the U.S. Third Circuit to overturn a lower court decision allowing the deal to proceed.

Judge John E. Jones III issued that initial ruling in May in federal district court in Harrisburg, but the FTC and the attorney general’s office appealed...read more here.


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