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The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2016 - United States: Mergers

The United States merger control enforcers remained active during the past year, consistent with recent trends.

For the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), health care remains one of the top priorities, driven in large part by the fact that it is an issue at the forefront of the national consciousness. Efforts in this space have so far met with great success, with the FTC scoring court victories at both the trial and appellate levels. Health-care providers are now seeing that the legislative push for health-care reform through better integration of care has provided little if any shelter from antitrust scrutiny in hospital and physician merger reviews – a fact that is unlikely to change barring further legislative involvement, which does not appear likely at the moment.

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