Hailing Tuesday's decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a landmark antitrust ruling against St. Luke's Hospital, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said the court has ensured "Idaho's laws will continue to protect and promote competition and a healthy, thriving marketplace."
In June 2014, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered
St. Luke's to dissolve its ownership of the Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group, saying it was in violation of antitrust laws. On Tuesday, a 9th Circuit panel found that Winmill had properly weighed testimony and findings of fact in the case.
Officials at St. Luke's said they were still reviewing the decision, but Saint Alphonsus Health System President and CEO Rodney Reider wrote, "We are pleased with today's decision. Competition is important to the creation of a vital healthcare environment and fosters innovation, choice, accessibility and affordability."
Meanwhile, Wasden said his office was "looking forward to working with St. Luke's in any way possible to fulfill what is now required by the court's decision."