Adding an interesting wrinkle to an already complex environment, the Federal Trade Commission filed a suit this month to block an Idaho hospital from acquiring a physician practice.  According to an article on, the FTC and the IDAHO Attorney General have filed an antitrust complaint  seeking to block St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group, a large multi-specialty practice.  The FTC’s alleges that the acquisition would result in St. Luke’s having a 60% share  of the local primary care market.  This most recent foray into the physician/hospital acquisition arena suggests that a truly integrated delivery model may simply not be possible in some markets.