in the news
O’Melveny’s Sullivan Quoted in Daily Journal on Antitrust Concerns in Connection with the Affordable Care ActMarch 26, 2014
O’Melveny & Myers counsel Stephen Sullivan was quoted in a March 25, 2014, Daily Journal article, titled “Health Care Consolidation Getting Tested on Antitrust Grounds.” The piece discusses antitrust concerns regarding the consolidation of healthcare services under the Affordable Care Act. While many in the health care industry are consolidating services to increase efficiencies, such mergers may be anticompetitive, according to the article. The article draws an example from a case in Idaho in which a federal judge sided with the Federal Trade Commission by ruling that an already completed acquisition would have anticompetitive results. “The signal from that is that the FTC and at least some courts are going to view the threat of the anticompetitive nature of those combinations as outweighing the policies that are laid out in the Affordable Care Act,” Sullivan said, emphasizing the intense antitrust scrutiny on health care industry consolidations. “I do think it is going to start a new path for the people who are unhappy about those to challenge them…I think you’ll see a lot of copy cats or similar challenges.”
Sullivan is a member of O’Melveny’s Health Care Practice and White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice. He resides in the Firm’s Los Angeles office.