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Preferred Health Services, Inc., In the Matter of

The order prohibits Preferred Health Services from orchestrating collective agreements and other terms for physician services when negotiating with health insurance plans and other third party payers. According to the complaint these agreements among the physician-hospital organization of doctors and the Oconee Memorial Hospital in northwestern South Carolina to collectively negotiate fees and terms of services could lead to higher health care costs and limited physician access.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0410099

California Pacific Medical Group, Inc., In the Matter of

With an administrative complaint issued on July 8, 2003 the Commission charged a San Francisco, California physicians’ organization with engaging in an agreement under which its competing members agreed collectively on the price and other terms on which they would enter into contracts with health plans or other third party payers. The complaint also alleged that Brown and Toland directed its physicians to end their preexisting contracts with payers and required its physician members to charge specified prices in all Preferred Provider Organization contracts. A final consent order prohibits Brown and Toland from negotiating with payers on behalf of physicians, refusing to deal with payers, and setting terms for physicians to deal with payers, unless the physicians are clinically or financially integrated.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210143
Docket Number
9306

Announced Actions for January 14, 2005

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The Commission has approved a petition for proposed divestiture received from General Electric Company (GE) and related to the FTC decision and order regarding GE’s acquisition of InVision...

Piedmont Health Alliance, Inc., et al., In the Matter of

With an administrative complaint issued on December 22, 2003 the Commission charged Piedmont Health Alliance, Inc. with collectively setting prices it demanded for physician services with third party payers. According to the complaint, the physician-hospital organization entered into signed agreements on behalf of its member physicians to participate in all contracts negotiated and to accept the negotiated physician fees. The complaint further alleges that these practices eliminated price competition among physicians in the North Carolina counties of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba. The complaint also names ten individual physicians who participated in the alleged price fixing services. On August 10, 2004, the organization and physicians agreed to settle charges. Also refer to settlement entered with Tenet Healthcare Corporation (Frye Regional Medical Center, Inc.).

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210119i
Docket Number
9314

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

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.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0310134
Docket Number
C-4113

Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Frye Regional Medical Center, Inc.

A consent order prohibits Frye Regional Medical Center, Inc., an acute care hospital in Hickory, North Carolina, and its parent company Tenet Healthcare Corporation from entering into any agreement to negotiate fees on behalf of any physician practicing in four North Carolina counties and from refusing to deal with insurance companies and other payers. Also refer to related administrative complaint issued to Piedmont Health Alliance. This settlement is the first case in which the Commission has named a hospital as a participant in an alleged physician price-fixing conspiracy.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210119h

Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers

Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers settled charges that it negotiated fees and other services for medical care provided by its member physicians in the Houston, Texas area in an effort to obtain higher fees and more advantageous terms. According to the complaint these alleged price fixing practices increased costs for consumer, employers, and health plans.
Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0310001

Surgical Specialists of Yakima, P.L.L.C.; Cascade Surgical Partners, Inc., P.S.; and Yakima Surgical Associates, Inc., P.S

The Surgical Specialists of Yakima, Cascade Surgical Partners, Inc., P.S. and Yakima Surgical Associates, P.S. settled charges that they jointly entered into agreements for their members to fix prices and terms for the provision of medical services when dealing with health care insurers.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210242
Docket Number
C-4101

South Georgia Health Partners, et al., In the Matter of

A Georgia physician-hospital organization and its other associated physician groups settled charges that they entered into agreements to fix physician and hospital prices and refused to deal with insurance companies, except on collectively agreed-upon terms.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0110222
Docket Number
C-4100;

Washington University Physician Network

A consent order prohibits a St. Louis, Missouri physicians’ organization from negotiating with third party payers on behalf of its member physicians and from refusing to deal with health insurance companies.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210188

Physician Network Consulting, L.L.C.; Michael J. Taylor; Professional Orthopedic Services, Inc.; The Bone and Joint Clinic of Baton Rouge, Inc.; Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic, L.L.C.; and Orthopaedic Surgery Associates of Baton Rouge, L.L.C

The Physician Network Consulting, L.L.C. of Baton Rouge Louisiana; Michael J. Taylor; Professional Orthopedic Services, Inc; The Bone and Joint Clinic of Baton Rouge, Inc.; Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic, L.L.C.; and Orthopaedic Surgery Associates of Baton Rouge, L.L.C. settled charges that they entered into agreements to fix prices and other terms on which they would deal with United HealthCare of Louisiana, Inc., a health insurance company. Physician Network Consulting is an agent for Professional Orthopedic Services’ members.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210178

Maine Health Alliance, The, and William R. Diggins, In the Matter of

A network of doctors, hospitals, and its executive director, William R. Diggins, settled charges that they illegally engaged in price-fixing activities that raised health care costs in five Maine counties by negotiating jointly with third-party payers in a effort to obtain higher compensation and more advantageous contract terms for its members.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210017

SPA Health Organization, d/b/a Southwest Physician Associates, In the Matter of

A physician group in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area settled charges that it collectively bargained on behalf of its members to negotiate fee schedules with third party payers and other health insurance companies. According to the complaint, issued with the consent order, these practices decreased competition and increased prices for the provision of medical services to area consumers.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
011 0197
Docket Number
C-4088

Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.

Two anesthesiologists groups settled charges that they entered into joint agreements to establish fees and services from Grossmont Medical Hospital in San Diego County. Specifically, the groups agreed on fees that both would demand from health care insurance companies and other third party payers for taking call for obstetrics and providing services to uninsured emergency room patients. Together, the two groups are composed of approximately 200 physicians that provide competing anesthesiology services in the San Diego area.
Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0210006
Docket Number
C-4085

Carlsbad Physician Association, Inc.; and William J. Baggs, M.D.; Srichand S. Dara, M.D.; Glen Moore; James J. Purpura, D.O.; Deborah J. Schenck, M.D.; Charles L. Secora, M.D.; Majid A. Syed, M.D.; and Richard L. Zizza, M.D

A New Mexico physician organization settled charges that it and its members entered into agreements to fix prices and to refuse to deal with third party payers and other health care plans except on collectively agreed-upon terms.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
0310002
Docket Number
C-4081