Hospital mergers in which one Unchanged.
hospital has fewer than 100 beds,
less than 40 patients per day,
and is more than five years old.
Joint ventures among hospitals Expanded to include joint
to buy, operate or market new ventures involving existing
medical technology or equipment technology or equipment.
that involve only the number of hospitals
needed to support the technology/equipment.
The collective provision by Expanded to include all
physicians of non-fee-related data types of providers.
to purchasers to help them make Added second safety zone for
decisions about the mode, quality or the collective provision of
efficiency of medical treatment. historic fee data to purchasers.
Participation by competing Expanded to include allhospitals in surveys of prices for types of providers.hospital services, and salaries and benefits of hospital personnel, under certain conditions designed to ensure that the data aren't used to coordinate prices or costs.
Joint purchasing arrangements Unchanged.
among providers, as long as they meet
conditions designed to ensure they don't
become vehicles for collusion or price-fixing.
Physician network joint ventures Added second physician network
composed of no more than 20% of safety zone for nonexclusive
the physicians in any specialty in a ventures of up to 30% of the
geographic market who have active physicians under the same
hospital staff privileges and who specialty, market, privilege and
share substantial financial risk. financial conditions.
Sources: Federal Trade Commission, Justice Department