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Dan Diamond 23 Jul 15
An angle on health insurer mergers that no one’s really drilled in on yet: The split between DOJ and FTC when it comes to regulating deals.
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Dan Diamond 23 Jul 15
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· DOJ regulates health insurer deals. · FTC regulates hospital deals. · They don’t always agree. “It’s pretty bizarre,” one expert told me.
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Dan Diamond
My question: If DOJ approves these insurer mega-deals, won’t FTC have to start allowing more hospital mergers, too?
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daviesbj 23 Jul 15
did you ask he's the guru
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Margot Sanger-Katz 23 Jul 15
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Why? Totally different industries with different market dynamics.
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(((Martin Gaynor))) 23 Jul 15
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(((Martin Gaynor))) 23 Jul 15
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Thanks dude.
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daviesbj 23 Jul 15
if someone ask a uro question i get it - if its mergers and healthcare its your turn
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Dan Diamond 23 Jul 15
Replying to @sangerkatz
"Totally different"? I seem to remember a NYT writer recently suggesting that more hospitals are becoming insurers, too…
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Dan Diamond 23 Jul 15
I know. It's been a busy day.
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(((Martin Gaynor))) 23 Jul 15
Replying to @daviesbj @ddiamond
Dude, that's pretty much all that matters, and we've got it covered right here in the Burgh.
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(((Martin Gaynor))) 23 Jul 15
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Ari Ne'eman 23 Jul 15
Replying to @ddiamond @sangerkatz
And as insurers consolidate, hospitals may want to do so as well to match their bargaining position
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Dan Diamond 23 Jul 15
Replying to @sangerkatz
Point being, these businesses are heavily intermingled—hospitals and insurers are each other's primary negotiating partner.
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Michel Accad 23 Jul 15
But hasn't this been the trend for the last 20 years?
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Ari Ne'eman 23 Jul 15
Yes, but insurance mergers will likely accelerate it.
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Dan Diamond 23 Jul 15
Yup—as has smartly written, hospital mergers are ↑. FTC pushing back hard though.
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Michel Accad 23 Jul 15
Clearly headed toward oligopoly of ins., hosp and med groups all copying each other. Virtual single payer...
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Margot Sanger-Katz 23 Jul 15
Replying to @ddiamond
I'm just saying that regulators can approve one kind of merger without necessarily being bound to approve another one.
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Margot Sanger-Katz 23 Jul 15
Replying to @ddiamond
The industries are related, but distinct. And the relevant market analysis is different.
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