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North Carolina hospital systems call off merger

A Carolinas HealthCare hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
Carolinas Medical Center - University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: Atrium Health

Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, has suspended merger talks with UNC Health Care, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Between the lines: The two hospital systems proposed combining in August. But the deal was hampered by antitrust concerns, secret discussions and questions about how costs would be lowered for consumers.

Yes, but: Atrium is buying a hospital system in Georgia, so the deal-making is still going on.

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