Community Health Systems and Health Management Associates, In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Community Health Systems, Inc., a corporation, and Health Management Associates, Inc., a corporation
FTC Matter/File Number:

131 0202

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

Under a proposed settlement, CHS will sell the Riverview Regional Medical Center and all of its associated operations and businesses near Gadsden, Alabama, and the Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and of its associated operations and businesses near Hartsville, South Carolina, to Commission-approved buyers within six months after the order is issued. The divestitures resolve Commission charges that the combination would likely substantially lessen competition for general acute care (GAC) inpatient services sold to commercial health plans and provided to commercially insured patients in two local markets: 1) Etowah County, including the city of Gadsden, Alabama; and 2) Darlington County, South Carolina.  Absent relief, CHS’s acquisition of HMA would eliminate valuable price and quality competition that has benefitted local patients in these two markets.