Steve Murphy, a partner in Edwards Wildman
's Antitrust practice in Washington, DC, discussed how the Federal Trade Commission will face off against St. Luke's Health System Ltd. in a trial challenging the hospital group's acquisition of the Idaho region's largest independent physician practice in Law360. In the article, "Trial Tests FTC's Power To Take On Hospital-Doc Mergers
," Murphy said, "I expect it to accelerate. It is the perception of hospital groups, generally, that independent physician practices ... are getting all of the high-reimbursement work and it's taking money away from the hospitals."