FTC Sues to Block Merger Between Utah Healthcare Rivals HCA Healthcare and Steward Health Care System

 The Federal Trade Commission has authorized an administrative complaint and a lawsuit in federal court to block the proposed merger between Utah healthcare competitors HCA Healthcare and Steward Health Care System. The agency alleges that the deal would eliminate the second and fourth largest healthcare systems in the Wasatch Front region, where approximately 80 percent of Utah’s residents live. The companies offer a broad range of essential medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment services that require an overnight hospital stay, known as inpatient general acute care services. 

“As the second and fourth largest healthcare systems in the Wasatch Front region

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FTC Sues to Block Merger Between New Jersey Healthcare Rivals RWJBarnabas Health and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

The Federal Trade Commission authorized an administrative complaint and a suit in federal court to block the acquisition of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System by RWJBarnabas Health, or RWJ, which is one of the largest hospital systems in New Jersey. The complaint alleges that in Middlesex County, in the central part of the state, the acquisition will harm competition for inpatient general acute care services, which are a broad range of essential medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment services that require an overnight hospital stay.

“Saint Peter’s University Hospital is less than one mile away from RWJ in New Brunswick, and

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City sues state over health-care law that allows denial of care

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is suing the state of Ohio over a 2021 law known as the “conscience clause,” which provides medical professionals legal protections from patients and health-care employers for denying any care or treatment that violates their conscience or religious beliefs.

Critics of the law say it will allow doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health-care providers to deny certain vaccines, birth control, blood transfusions or blood products, treatments or counselling for HIV/AIDS and transgender individuals, and potentially any medical care to which a provider may be personally opposed. 

In a lawsuit filed in Franklin County Common Pleas

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