FTC Challenge of OSF, Rockford Health Acquisition Heads to D.C.

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An April 17 date has been set for an administrative law judge in Washington, D.C., to review the proposed Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare acquisition of Rockford (Ill.) Health System, according to a Rockford Register Star report.

Leaders of OSF and Rockford Health announced acquisition plans in February 2011. In November 2011, the Federal Trade Commission challenged the acquisition with a complaint that it would reduce competition among hospitals and primary care physicians in the Rockford area.

The FTC requested a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to delay deal.

Judge Frederick Kapala recently heard arguments over the restraining order and preliminary injunction in a three-day hearing, which began Feb. 1, 2012. Judge Kapala's ruling is expected within the next week.

According to the report, the FTC requested a delay to prevent OSF and Rockford Health from moving forward before a D.C. judge could rule on whether the deal is anticompetitive.

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