Temporary Reprieve for St. Luke's in Saltzer Merger Mess

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Officials at St. Luke's Health System cheered the news Friday when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said St. Luke's could hold onto the Saltzer Medical Group ... at least, temporarily.

Just last month, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said that St. Luke's needed to start dissolving its ownership of Saltzer, following his January ruling that indicated St. Luke's was in violation of antitrust laws.

But St. Luke's immediately appealed, and the 9th Circuit granted a stay on Winmill's ruling, saying it would expedite a full hearing on the issue and move it to the front burner of the appeal's court's calendar "at the earliest possible date."