Independent Physicians Associates Medical Group, Inc., d/b/a AllCare IPA, In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Independent Physician Associates Medical Group, Inc., doing business as AllCare IPA, a California corporation.
FTC Matter/File Number:

061 0258

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

The Commission challenged the conduct of AllCare IPA, alleging that AllCare restrained competition in fee-for-service contracts by fixing prices and other contract terms with payers, engaging in collective negotiations over the terms and conditions of dealing with payers, and preventing group members from negotiating with payers except on terms approved by All Care. The Commission issued a consent order prohibiting All Care from entering into agreements between or among physicians: 1) to negotiate on behalf of any physician with any payer; 2) to refuse to deal, or threaten to refuse to deal, with any payer; 3) to designate the terms, conditions, or requirements upon which any physician deals, or is willing to deal, with any payer, including, but not limited to price terms; 4) not to deal individually with any payer, or not to deal with any payer through any arrangement other than one involving All Care.