Health Care Alliance of Laredo, L.C., In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Health Care Alliance of Laredo, L.C.
FTC Matter/File Number:

0410097

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

A physicians’ independent practice association in Texas agreed to settle charges that it engaged in unlawful collective bargaining to set fees its members would accept from health insurance plans and advised its members against dealing individually with plans. The Commission charged that both practices resulted in higher medical costs for consumers. The consent order settling the FTC’s charges will prohibit the IPA from engaging in such anticompetitive conduct in the future.