FTC Staff Submission to the Tennessee Department of Health Regarding the Certificate of Public Advantage Application of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System

Matter Number:

151 0115

Summary

FTC staff submitted a comment to the Tennessee Department of Health that opposes issuing a certificate of public advantage (COPA) to Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System. If approved, the COPA could allow the merger of Mountain States and Wellmont, the two largest healthcare systems in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, to proceed with regulatory oversight from the State of Tennessee. Staff expressed concern that the proposed merger of Mountain States and Wellmont would lead to significantly less competition for healthcare services in those areas.