Penn State Hershey Medical Center, FTC and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v.

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Federal Trade Commission and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Plaintiffs-Appellants v. Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System, Defendants-Appellees
FTC Matter/File Number:

141 0191


Civil Action Number:



Enforcement Type:

Federal Injunctions

Federal Court:
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Case Summary

The FTC issued an administrative complaint and authorized staff to file a preliminary injunction to block Penn State Hershey Medical Center's proposed merger with PinnacleHealth System. The complaint alleged that combining the two health care providers would substantially reduce competition for general acute care inpatient hospital services sold to commercial health plans iin four south-central Pennsylvania counties, leading to reduced quality and higher prices for employers and residents.