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Healthcare Docket: Feds and States Move to Curb Private Equity’s Takeover of Healthcare

For your next doctor’s appointment, odds are nearly 3-1 that the physician who sees you is a corporate employee. And regulators and legislators far and wide are saying that this ratio may be harmful to your health. Corporate control of U.S. healthcare has reached such proportions that three federal agencies announced on March 5 a cross-government investigation into the mushrooming role of corporate and private-equity (PE) investment in the industry.

States are also getting in on the oversight action. To date, nearly a dozen state legislatures have passed laws or are in the process of enacting regulation heightening oversight of corporate acquisitions and mergers in healthcare.

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