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Antitrust fears stall doctors' merger with Maine Medical Center

Portland Press Herald, April 19, 2010

A plan to merge southern Maine's two largest cardiology practices with Maine Medical Center is on hold because of concerns about reduced competition and antitrust challenges. Under the plan, MaineHealth, owner of Maine Medical Center, would hire the 40 cardiologists now with Maine Cardiology Associates, which is based in South Portland, and Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, based in Scarborough. The doctors would continue to see patients at their existing offices with the same medical and support staffs, although MaineHealth would buy the offices and equipment. MaineHealth and the physician groups asked for a change in state law that would protect the deal from antitrust challenges if they can show it is in the public interest.