Health Law

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Burkett, Teresa Meinders
Conner & Winters, LLP

Health Law

In a case watched across the country, an Arkansas Circuit Court has ruled for our physician clients that Baptist Health may not terminate their hospital staff privileges because they invested in a competing specialty hospital. The decision protects the patient-doctor relationship from the anticompetitive intent behind the hospital’s policy. Murphy, et al v., Baptist Health, Pulaski County Circuit No. CV 2004-2002 (Feb. 27, 2009).

Read more: Williams & Anderson obtains permanent injunction prohibiting hospital from engaging in economic cred

Earlier this year, a team of lawyers from Reid and Riege successfully consummated the first sale of a Connecticut nonprofit hospital to a for-profit buyer. Members of the firm's health care and nonprofit practice groups represented Sharon Hospital, a nonprofit community hospital in Litchfield County, Connecticut that sold its operations and assets to a subsidiary of Essent Healthcare of Nashville, Tennessee.

The sale marked the successful conclusion of lengthy regulatory proceedings before the State Office of Health Care Access and the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General. This multi-million dollar transaction has been cited nationally for its significance in establishing a number of precedents in the areas of nonprofit/for-profit health care joint ventures and hospital conversions. In fact, the Bureau of National Affairs Health Law Reporter cited the Sharon case as one of the ten most significant events of the year for hospitals and nonprofit providers.