In the Matter of St. Cloud Medical Group/ Centra Care Health, File No. 1610096 #00003

Submission Number:
00003
Commenter:
michael Murphy
State:
Minnesota
Initiative Name:
In the Matter of St. Cloud Medical Group/ Centra Care Health, File No. 1610096
I am an orthopedic surgeon in st cloud in a single specialty orthopedic group. Since the scmg deal has been approved centracare has met with us and told us that since they now control the vast majority of our referring primary care providers they intend to start to hire their own orthopedic physician group. They indicated they want to take over our ability to access patients that they will control. We are partial owners of a free standing surgical center and they indicated they will have the ability to limit our option to treat patients there. They not only will control the primary care market, they also will own every inpatient bed in our entire referral region. It appears to me that this deal has concentrated all the control of the local health care market in the hands of one small group of administrators that want to take over the independent specialty care providers also by choking off our ability to access patients. If this merger is approved there needs to be some stipulations in place to protect the independent health care providers from the monopoly that is being allowed to form. The ink is not even dry on the deal and we are already being intimidated. Michael Murphy, MD