Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Hospital Deals, Payment Appeals

The U.S. Supreme Court has set hearing dates in November and December for three healthcare cases that will test the boundaries for acquisitions by public hospital authorities, Medicare payment appeals and settlements in wage-and-hour class-action lawsuits.

On Nov. 26, the justices will hear arguments in the case of FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System. In that case, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking to unwind the $198 million acquisition of a formerly for-profit hospital in Albany, Ga., that was purchased by a public hospital authority that owns the only other competing hospital in the county.

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