Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commission

FTC Again Finds Success in High-Profile Hospital Merger Appeal

CMS Releases Medicare Part B Supplier Billing and Payment Data
For the second time in recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prevailed in its challenge of a high-profile hospital merger. This time, the appeal stemmed from a June 14, 2016, order by Judge Jorge Alonso of the Northern District of Illinois denying the FTC’s motion to enjoin the merger of the thirteen-hospital Advocate Health … Continue reading this entry

FTC Battles Hospital Mergers: What to Watch for in this Summer’s High-Profile Appeals

CMS Releases Medicare Part B Supplier Billing and Payment Data
In a town that is no stranger to landmark hospital merger cases, last month a Chicago federal judge denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) motion for a preliminary injunction to temporarily block a merger between 13-hospital Advocate Health Care and four-hospital NorthShore University HealthSystem, both located in the city’s northern suburbs. Judge Jorge Alonso’s much-awaited, … Continue reading this entry

Federal Judge Refuses FTC Request to Block Hershey/Pinnacle Deal; FTC to Appeal

Hospitals and other providers who have been tracking Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice Antitrust Division hospital merger challenges over the last several years will want to take note of the federal district court opinion issued earlier this week denying the FTC’s motion for an injunction to prevent 551-bed Penn State Milton S. … Continue reading this entry

Federal Agencies Provide User-Friendly Guidance on Compliance with Data Privacy Laws

How federal privacy laws apply to mobile health applications has been an area of significant ambiguity. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) … Continue reading this entry

Six Trends Impacting Health Care M&A in 2016

From hospital expansions with large insurance deals to physician group consolidation, the continued outlook for health care mergers and acquisitions in 2016 is expected to be rampant. The following six factors will likely be present in the health care M&A landscape in 2016:… Continue reading this entry

Is My Telehealth App Subject to HIPAA?

Many telehealth and mHealth app developers are concerned about whether or not their app is a medical device under FDA regulations (and rightfully so), they often pay less attention to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) rules. The developer either mistakenly presumes HIPAA applies to their app or neglects to consider health privacy issues … Continue reading this entry

Takeaways From the FTC/DOJ Workshop on Health Care Competition

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division held their second public workshop on health care competition on February 24-25, 2015. The workshop is part of the FTC and DOJ’s commitment to periodically “step back” from the work of day-to-day antitrust enforcement to take in a broader perspective of trends in the health care … Continue reading this entry

FTC Uses its "Unfair Acts" Power to Go After PHI Security Breach

As if HIPAA Weren’t Enough… The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is moving forward with an administrative action against a small medical laboratory that suffered two data security breaches, resulting in its patients’ protected health information falling into the hands of identity thieves. The facts of this case are unremarkable: a small facility suffered a data … Continue reading this entry