The AHA today urged Congress to pass the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act. In a statement submitted to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights for a hearing on the legislation (S. 2102/ H.R. 2745), AHA said the SMARTER Act is “narrowly crafted to accomplish one important outcome: to ensure that all proposed transactions face the same enforcement process and standard of review regardless of whether the Federal Trade Commission or the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice reviews the transaction...[T]he bill removes a deterrent to hospital integration and realignment, which is essential for success in the changing health care landscape.”