New FTC paper warns against COPA laws, cites Mission Health merger

  • A recent FTC policy paper warns states that hospital mergers permitted under certificates of public advantage (COPAs) have resulted in higher prices and reduced quality of care.
  • The paper cites the 1998 merger of Memorial Mission Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Carolina, now Mission Health System, among key examples where COPAs failed to protect consumers from healthcare monopolies.
  • The 2019 HCA-Mission Health merger has come under fire with growing allegations that the deal allowed HCA’s Mission Health to monopolize the healthcare market in Asheville, NC, harming patients and communities. More on the most recent lawsuit against Mission.