- The attorneys general from 16 states have filed an amicus brief backing the Federal Trade Commission in its closely watched bid to undo an Idaho health system's acquisition of a physician practice. A U.S. district judge in Boise, Idaho, had ordered St. Luke's Health System to divest Saltzer Medical Group, saying the addition gave St. Luke's control of 80% of the primary-care physicians in Nampa, Idaho. The case is now in front of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In their amicus brief, the attorneys general urged the appeals court to uphold the lower court's ruling, arguing they have witnessed that provider consolidation has increased prices for insurers, which pass along the costs to consumers.
16 state attorneys general back FTC in St. Luke's, Saltzer divestment, and other briefs
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