Boise • One of Idaho's largest health care providers can continue to operate Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group while it challenges a prior ruling that it broke antitrust laws in its buyout of Saltzer, according to a recent federal appeals court decision.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday the appeal is a top priority, the Idaho Statesman reported. Acknowledging that federal appeals cases usually take years to complete, the judges said they will schedule the case for the first opening in January.
Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that St. Luke's Health System's year-old buyout needed to be undone because it likely would give the hospital dominant control of the market and increase health care costs.