Recent Becker’s Article Addresses Antitrust and Hospital Acquisition of Physician Practices

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Will Hamilton of PYA authored an article featured in “Becker’s Hospital Review” that delves into the increased scrutiny of hospital acquisitions of physician practices, the calculation of market share for antitrust law purposes, and steps for avoiding antitrust scrutiny.

PYA Business Valuation Consulting Manager

Will Hamilton, PYA Business Valuation Consulting Manager

While the Affordable Care Act provides incentives to create large, integrated health systems with the goal of offering better quality care at more affordable prices, the Federal Trade Commission is increasing scrutiny of hospital-physician transactions to ensure they fall within the parameters of antitrust law. This increased scrutiny resulted in the first-ever antitrust enforcement action involving a hospital’s purchase of a physician practice earlier this year.

“Antitrust and Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices,” authored by PYA Business Valuation Consulting Manager Will Hamilton and recently published in Becker’s Hospital Review, gives readers an overview of antitrust law enforcement and safe harbor recommendations. It also offers considerations for avoiding increased antitrust scrutiny.

Measuring market share is an essential first step for assessing antitrust risk for mergers and acquisitions. PYA has significant experience measuring local supply and demand for medical services and conducting physician and community needs assessments. We combine this expertise with our understanding of the evolving healthcare industry antitrust guidelines to offer assistance calculating market share for antitrust risk assessment. Contact us for more information about our antitrust risk mitigation services.

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