Southeastern New Mexico Physicians IPA, Inc., a corporation, and Barbara Gomez and Lonnie Ray, individually

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In the Matter of Southeastern New Mexico Physicians IPA, Inc., a corporation, andBarbara Gomez and Lonnie Ray, individually.
FTC Matter/File Number:

0310134

Docket Number:

C-4113

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

A Roswell, New Mexico physicians’ association, Southeastern New Mexico Physicians IPA, settled charges that it and two of its employees entered into collective agreements among physician members on fees and refused to deal with health plans that did not accept the collective agreed-upon terms. According to the complaint, these practices increased the price of health care in the Roswell area. The consent order prohibits the IPA and its employees named in the consent from orchestrating agreements between physicians to negotiate with health insurance plans on behalf of any physician and deal or refuse to deal individually with any third party payer.