Navigating the backwater vertical mergers in health care

May 8, 2019

Long a part of the backwaters of antitrust enforcement, vertical mergers have recently attracted the attention of academics and enforcers. The Federal Trade Commission’s hearings on vertical merger policy and the issue of whether to publish new Vertical Merger Guidelines,2 along with recent cases including the Department’s unsuccessful challenge to AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner3 and speeches by enforcement officials4 illustrate a renewed focus on vertical combinations. It is widely recognized that the Department of Justice Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines are out of date and do not reflect modern economic thinking or government enforcement policy. Indeed, a large body of theoretical and empirical work has served to undermine the economic foundations of the laissez-faire approach that has characterized government policies over the last thirty years.

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Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) is a 343-bed health care system located in Kalispell, Montana. KRH serves more than 170,000 people within a geographical region of 20,000 square miles and employs nearly 4,000 team members. Comprising the health care system are three acute-care hospitals (Kalispell Regional Medical Center, The HealthCenter, and North Valley Hospital), a skilled nursing facility (Brendan House), a fitness facility (The Summit Medical Fitness Center), a mental health and substance abuse facility (Pathways Treatment Center), a durable medical equipment company (Kalispell Medical Equipment) and more than 30 primary and specialty physician clinics.

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