St. Luke's Health System, Ltd, and Saltzer Medical Group, P.A.

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Federal Trade Commission and State of Idaho, Plaintiffs, v. St. Luke's Health System, Ltd, and Saltzer Medical Group, P.A., Defendants
FTC Matter/File Number:

121 0069

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Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Federal Court:
District of Idaho

Case Summary

On 3/12/2013, The FTC, together with the Idaho Attorney General, filed a complaint in federal district court seeking to block St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd.’s acquisition of Idaho's largest independent, multi-specialty physician practice group, Saltzer Medical Group P.A. According to the joint complaint, the combination of St. Luke’s and Saltzer would give it the market power to demand higher rates for health care services provided by primary care physicians (PCPs) in Nampa, Idaho and surrounding areas, ultimately leading to higher costs for health care consumers. Effective December 31, 2012, St. Luke’s acquired all of Saltzer’s personal property and equipment. The deal transferred to St. Luke’s the power to negotiate health plan contracts on Saltzer’s behalf and to establish rates and charges for services provided by Saltzer physicians. Saltzer, on behalf of its physicians, has also entered into a five-year professional services agreement with St. Luke’s.

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