HCA calls off deal to buy Utah hospitals after challenge from Feds

Put a mark in the win column for the Feds.

A proposed deal for HCA Healthcare Inc. to purchase five Utah hospitals from Steward Health Care System has been called off by the hospital operators, according to a news release, after the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint to block the deal.

The commission voted 5-0 earlier this month to authorize an administrative complaint and a lawsuit in federal court aimed at nixing the transaction. The commission claimed the deal would merge the second-…

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