The federal government has issued nine antitrust statements defining which mergers and joint ventures the health care industry may undertake legally.

"These new policies strengthen the administration's effort to develop new and better methods of delivering health care to consumers," Anne Bingaman, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division, said at a Sept. 27 press conference." At the same time, they protect consumers by preserving and promoting competition in the health care markets."

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