Navigation Links
Department of Justice Will Not Challenge Hospitals' Joint Purchasing Agreement
Date:9/4/2009

Proposal Could Result in Increased Hospital Services and Lower Costs

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice announced today that it will not challenge a proposal by Memorial Health Inc. (Memorial), and St. Joseph's/Candler Health System (St. Joseph's/Candler) to enter an exclusive joint purchasing agreement with respect to the purchase of certain medical and surgical supplies. The Department said that the proposed joint purchasing agreement may yield volume discounts and reduced transaction costs for the hospitals and ultimately could result in lower costs and increased hospital services for consumers.

Under the proposed agreement, Memorial and St. Joseph's/Candler would jointly evaluate medical and surgical products, designate suppliers and negotiate prices and other terms with them.

Memorial and St. Joseph's/Candler are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that own acute tertiary care hospitals in Savannah, Ga., that serve Southeast Georgia and the low-country area of South Carolina. Memorial owns and operates the Memorial Health University Medical Center. St. Joseph's/Candler owns and operates St. Joseph's Hospital and Candler Hospital.

The Department determined that the proposal meets the requirements of the antitrust safety zone set forth in Statement 7 of the Department's and Federal Trade Commission's Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care. The safety zone requires that the cost of all products purchased through the joint purchasing agreement account for less than 20 percent of the total revenue of all products and services sold by each participant in the agreement. It also requires that products purchased through the joint purchasing agreement from a given supplier account for less than 35 percent of that suppliers' sale of those products in the relevant market. Memorial and St. Joseph's/Candler represented that they will abide by these limitations.

Under the Department's business review procedure, an organization may submit a proposed action to the Antitrust Division and receive a statement as to whether the Division currently intends to challenge the action under the antitrust laws.

A file containing the business review request and the Department's response may be examined in the Antitrust Documents Group of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Suite 1010, Washington, D.C. 20530. After a 30-day waiting period, the documents supporting the business review will be added to the file, unless a basis for their exclusion for reasons of confidentiality has been established under the Business Review Procedure.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Justice Department Announces Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in its History
2. U.S. Labor Department announces dates for 4th annual Drug-Free Work Week
3. Pennsylvania Department of Health Launches Online H1N1 Vaccine Registry
4. Pennsylvania Health Department Distributing Potassium Iodide to People Living, Working Near Nuclear Power Plants
5. Alcohol abuse screening/brief interventions in community hospital emergency department
6. Integrated Medical Systems Receives $1.1 Million From the U.S. Department of Defense for Critical Enhancements of the Worlds First Suitcase Intensive Care Unit
7. Department of Health Releases Guidance on Novel H1N1 Influenza for Schools K-12
8. PA Department of Health Confirms the First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania for 2009
9. Pennsylvania Department of Health Offers Tips to Stay Safe in Extremely Hot Weather
10. US State Department Brings Foreign Journalists to Hear About Drug Prevention Efforts in Georgia
11. Allegheny County Health Department and School Districts Misinforming the Public
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/27/2017)... Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 ... ... accepts new patients for clear braces. People who want straight teeth without the ... Invisalign® in Clearwater, FL, without acquiring a referral. A custom-designed series ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... 3.0 was transitioned to the OSEHRA popHealth Community in 2014. It ... Work Group and the Developer Open Source Project Group. OSEHRA Organizational Member Zato ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... CE Certificate of Conformity for the Smart System® 20/20. CE Certification builds upon ... industry standards and specifications such as ANSI, ISO and proven test methods used ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... 27, 2017 , ... Advantexe Learning Solutions , a ... a new research study, The Business Readiness Report. The report explores the correlation ... the actual success of achieving individual and company goals. , There are ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... According to the ... including all stages, is more than 95%. Once the cancer spreads to other organs, ... 30%. To find out how to avoid this latter group, tune in to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... their offering. ... The Cell Therapy Manufacturing Market, 2017-2027 report provides an ... manufacturing and focuses both on contract manufacturers and cell therapy ... emerge as viable alternatives to conventional treatment options. ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... PUNE, India , March 24, 2017 According ... Market: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022," the spine bone stimulators market ... million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period. ... ... Allied Market Research Logo ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Calif. , March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... epigenetics company, and Hamilton Robotics, Inc., who ... announced an ongoing collaboration that teams Zymo ... and RNA and DNA extraction products with ... already created optimized methods for microbiomics and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: