Jay Levine comments on settlement between FTC and Phoebe Putney Health System
Modern Healthcare interviewed Jay Levine for an article published on April 1, 2015 on the significance of a settlement between Phoebe Putney Health System and the FTC. The agreement allows the health system to keep Palmyra Medical Center, the Georgia hospital whose acquisition gave it a monopoly there, but also opens up the health system to possible civil lawsuits.
“Notably, the agreement also stipulates that Phoebe Putney and the public hospital authority acknowledge that the deal for Palmyra Medical Center was anticompetitive, said Jay Levine, an antitrust attorney with Porter Wright Morris and Arthur. That could expose the system to potential civil lawsuits from consumers over the cost of care, he said. Phoebe Putney could be liable for financial damages in such cases.”