The Nevada attorney general's office and the Federal Trade Commission have launched an inquiry into patient-care collaborations between Reno-based Renown Health and cardiac-care providers.
Nev. attorney general, FTC look into Renown Health partnership
Renown, a not-for-profit health system, confirmed the "informal inquiry."
The central issue is a partnership, formed in December, between Renown’s Institute for Heart & Vascular Health and Sierra Nevada Cardiology Associates. The alliance is the first step the two providers are taking in forming an accountable care organization. Renown also is in discussions with Reno Heart Physicians to form a similar agreement, according to Renown.
"Their interest is not unexpected given the size of the transaction, and we've met and are cooperating and providing requested information," said Terri Hendry, Renown's spokeswoman. "We are confident that this change is in the best interest of consumers and will result in improved coordination of heart services in the region."
The attorney general's office had no comment on the matter.
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