PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Federal Trade Commission says it’s taking action to block the planned merger of two major Philadelphia-area health systems.
Regulators say a merger between Jefferson Health and Einstein Health Network would reduce competition and harm patients. The FTC issued an administrative complaint and says it’s also filing a complaint in federal court to prevent the merger.
The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office joined the FTC’s effort.
The companies say they believe the merger would benefit patients and preserve access to healthcare.
Jefferson has grown substantially in recent years and now has 14 hospitals. Einstein runs three hospitals.
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