Surgery centers at issue in health care merger
The FTC would not comment on the merger, but officials at the two companies say the agency has questioned at length the merger of the only inpatient hospital on the South Coast with the large physician practice.
Cottage looks to sell surgery center, Sansum merger delayed six months
The possible sale is an effort to smooth out any wrinkles with the Federal Trade Commission over the proposed merger with Sansum Clinic.
Health care prices under scrutiny in Sansum-Cottage merger
As the regulatory review of the proposed merger between Cottage Health System and Sansum Clinic stretches to the six-month mark, a recent federal court ruling points out key issues that arise when a dominant hospital system buys a major physician group. In an Idaho case decided earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission intensely focused Read More →
Health leaders: ‘Ambitious’ Obamacare goals tough to implement
Uncertainties shrouding Obamacare implementation are leaving many health-care providers strained, and consumers are thus far seeing few of the cost cuts promised by the overhaul. That was the theme that emerged from a March 18 forum in Santa Barbara hosted by nonprofit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.
Sansum-Cottage deal heads to FTC for review
The future of health care in South Santa Barbara County became considerably clearer in recent days, with the biggest merger in decades headed off for regulatory review and hiccups in the delivery of care through the state insurance exchange and to the poor largely resolved.
Sansum Clinic now on state insurance exchange
In a big step forward for Covered California’s ability to serve residents of the Tri-Counties, Sansum Clinic said late Friday afternoon that its 23 outpatient medical clinics will serve patients who buy Anthem Blue Cross coverage on the state’s online health insurance exchange. Sansum is one of the largest primary patient care providers in Covered California’s District 12, which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.
Cottage-Sansum merger on track as anti-trust filing nears
Sansum Clinic’s planned merger with Cottage Health System remains on track despite the possibility that the partial government shutdown could delay an anti-trust review of one of the region’s biggest health care deals. And the biggest physician group in Santa Barbara County says it hopes to be able to join the Covered California insurance exchange Read More →