FTC Approves Final Order Preserving Competition in Ambulatory Surgery Center Market

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final order settling charges that the $792 million proposed acquisition of Symbion Holdings Corporation by Surgery Center Holdings, Inc., would likely be anticompetitive.  

Under the order, Surgery Center Holdings, known as Surgery Partners, agrees to divest Symbion’s ownership in the Blue Springs Surgery Center in Orange City, Fla., within 60 days.

According to the complaint announced in October 2014, the merger would have combined the only two multi-specialty ambulatory surgical centers in the Orange City/Deltona area of Florida, and would have left commercial health plans and commercially insured patients there with only one meaningful alternative to Surgery Partners’ outpatient surgical services.

This action is part of the Commission’s ongoing effort to protect American consumers from higher healthcare costs.

The Commission vote approving the final order was 5-0.

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