Judge Rules Against St. Luke’s


By KMVT News

Boise, Idaho ( KBOI-TV ) A judge rules against Saint Luke's Hospital in an anti-trust lawsuit that was initiated by Saint Alphonsus.

This was after Saint Luke's purchased the Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill says the merger violated federal anti-trust laws.

The ruling went on to say that it would have likely raised health care costs because it would have given St. Luke's dominant market position.

The hospital now has to go through the process of un-merging with Idaho’s largest independent physicians practice.

Even though Saint Luke's lost in court, some human resource experts say there could be a silver lining since the merger already happened.

"Believe it or not, there could be some interesting efficiencies that come out of it. They might have learned some things from the Saltzer Group," explains Boise State Univerity professor Gundy Kaupins.

Kaupins says overall the ruling should be better for consumers because it will keep more competition out in the market place.

Saint Luke’s is not the first hospital this has happened to recently.

Kaupins says several hospital mergers in other states have been stopped recently for the same anti-trust violations.

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