Alex Kacik

More states target hospitals’ anticompetitive contracting policies

More states are trying to limit hospitals’ anticompetitive contracting policies through lawsuits or legislation while federal antitrust agencies revamp their regulations. One of the most recent examples is in Connecticut, where Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center sued Hartford HealthCare for allegedly protecting their acute-care monopoly by bullying physicians into anticompetitive contract terms, which inflated […]Read More

Capital Health to acquire Trinity Health’s St. Francis Medical Center

Capital Health signed a definitive agreement to acquire Trinity Health’s St. Francis Medical Center, the New Jersey-based health systems announced Wednesday. Capital Health operates Capital Health Medical Center—Hopewell in Pennington and Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, which is two miles away from St. Francis. Preserving and strengthening healthcare services in Trenton will be […]Read More

FTC, DOJ ask for public input in antitrust ‘overhaul’

Federal antitrust agencies asked for input in how to bolster merger oversight, the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department announced Tuesday. The regulatory “overhaul” will address how markets are defined in merger analyses to factor in non-price related consequences, the breadth of the oversight, the separation of the vertical and horizontal guidelines, the presumption that […]Read More

Quest Diagnostics to acquire patient engagement company Pack Health

Quest Diagnostics will acquire the patient engagement company Pack Health, the organizations announced Tuesday. Pack Health tracks patients’ medication adherence, diet, exercise, mental health and other issues for health plans and pharmaceutical companies to try to improve patients’ chronic conditions. The undisclosed all-cash equity transaction builds on Quest Diagnostics’s 2018 acquisition of remote monitoring company […]Read More