White Sands Health Care System, L.L.C.; et al., In the Matter of

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In the Matter of White Sands Health Care System, L.L.C.; Alamogordo Physicians' Cooperative, Inc.; Dacite, Inc.; and James R. Laurenza
FTC Matter/File Number:

0310135

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

A consent order settled charges that the White Sands Health Care System refused to deal with health care insurers that resisted the collectively negotiated prices set by its member physicians and nurse anesthetists. The complaint alleged that these practices increased costs for health care for consumers in the Alamogordo, New Mexico area. White Sands, a physician-hospital organization, consists of Alamogordo Physicians, an independent practice association; Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, and 31 nonphysician health care providers, including all five nurse anesthetists in the area.