US appeals court blocks Pennsylvania hospital merger

A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked the proposed merger of the two largest hospital systems in the area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state's capital.
By a 3-0 vote, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ordered a preliminary injunction against the combination of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System.
The court said the US Federal Trade Commission and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the merger would be anticompetitive.
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