Healthcare Business News
 

Court: St. Luke's in Boise can keep Saltzer for now


By Modern Healthcare
Posted: August 2, 2014 - 12:01 am ET
Tags:

St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho, may continue to operate Nampa, Idaho-based physician practice Saltzer Medical Group, despite a January judicial order to divest, a federal judge ruled recently.

St. Luke's filed an appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June after U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered that it unwind its acquisition of Saltzer. After granting a stay of the divestiture order last week, the 9th Circuit also said it would hear St. Luke's appeal on the earliest available court date.

Advertisement | View Media Kit

 

According to the original case's plaintiffs—St. Luke's Boise competitors, St. Alphonsus Health System and Treasure Valley Hospital, the Federal Trade Commission and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden—the St. Luke's-Saltzer deal violated antitrust restrictions.

The plaintiffs argued that the acquisition of Saltzer would give St. Luke's control of nearly 80% of the Nampa primary-care market, thereby giving it greater leverage with health plans, which in turn would drive up healthcare prices in the area just west of Boise. Winmill agreed with the plaintiffs and ordered that St. Luke's give up Saltzer. —Rachel Landen

Follow Rachel Landen on Twitter: @MHrlanden


What do you think?

Share your opinion. Send a letter to the Editor or Post a comment below.

Post a comment

Loading Comments Loading comments...

Search ModernHealthcare.com:


 

Switch to the new Modern Healthcare Daily News app

For the best experience of ModernHealthcare.com on your iPad, switch to the new Modern Healthcare app — it's optimized for your device but there is no need to download.