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FTC Policy Director Issues Statement Commending Maine’s Repeal of Certificate of Public Advantage Law
FTC Staff Opposes State Legislation in North Carolina Designed to Shield UNC Health System from Antitrust Enforcement
FTC Sues to Stop the Potentially Illegal Integration of New Orleans Area Hospitals Over Failure to Follow Federal Reporting Law
In March 2023, the FTC took action under the Opioid Addiction Recovery Fraud Prevention Act, suing Dr. Dalal A. Akoury and a set of companies she controls that operate as AWAREmed Health & Wellness Resource Center, a medical clinic, for making a wide range of false or unsupported claims for addiction treatment services, cancer treatment services, and the treatment of other serious conditions. The proposed order settling the Commission’s complaint bars Dr. Akoury and her AWAREmed clinic from making such unsupported claims and requires her to pay a $100,000 civil penalty.
FTC Approves Final Order against LCA-Vision, Halting Alleged Bait-and-Switch Advertising for LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
Statement of Elizabeth Wilkins, Director of the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, on the Decision of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Crouse Health System, Inc. to Drop Their Proposed Merger
FTC Staff Submission to NYS Health Department Regarding the COPA Application of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Crouse Health System
FTC Staff Opposes Proposed Certificate of Public Advantage That Could Shield SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Acquisition of Crouse Health System from Antitrust Scrutiny
San Juan IPA, Inc., an independent physician association in Farmington, New Mexico, has agreed to pay a $263,000 civil penalty to the FTC to settle allegations that it violated a 2005 order. The 2005 case alleged that San Juan IPA orchestrated agreements among competing member physicians to coordinate joint pricing, collectively negotiated contracts with payors on behalf of members, and refused to deal with payors except on collectively determined price terms.
To remedy these allegations, the 2005 order prohibited San Juan from, among other things, entering into, maintaining, enforcing, or facilitating any agreement or understanding among any physicians (1) to negotiate on behalf of any physician with any payor, (2) to deal, refuse to deal, or threaten to refuse to deal with any payor, (3) regarding any term upon which any physician deals with a payor, including price terms, and (4) not to deal individually with any payor or not to deal with a payor except through the IPA. The order also prohibited San Juan from attempting to engage in, or encouraging any person to engage in, any prohibited action.
New Mexico Physician Association to Pay $263,000 Civil Penalty to Settle FTC Allegations That it Violated 2005 Order
FTC Comment to Food and Drug Administration Supports Agency’s Proposed Rule on Establishing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
FTC Staff Comment to Department of Veterans Affairs Concerning Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Healthcare
FTC Comment to Department of Veterans Affairs Supports Agency’s Interim Final Rule on VA Professionals’ Authority to Practice Health Care
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