Part 2 Consents
On 8/6/2012, Renown Health agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its recent acquisitions of two local cardiology groups reduced competition for the provision of adult cardiology services in the Reno area. Renown Health, based in Reno, Nevada, operates general acute care hospitals and commercial health plans serving the Reno area. Before the recent acquisitions, virtually all of the cardiologists in the Reno area were affiliated with two medical groups – Sierra Nevada Cardiology Associates (SNCA) and Reno Heart Physicians (RHP). Renown Health, the largest provider of acute care hospital services in northern Nevada, will release its staff cardiologists from "non-compete" contract clauses, allowing up to 10 of them to join competing cardiology practices. On 12/4/2012, the FTC approved a final order restoring competition for adult cardiology services in Reno, Nevada.