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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...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued an administrative complaint against Piedmont Health Alliance, Inc. (PHA), a physician-hospital organization (PHO) in North Carolina, and ten individual physicians who participated centrally in PHA’s allegedly unlawful activities for allegedly fixing prices...
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...
Publication of Federal Register notice: The Commission has approved the publication of a Federal Register notice regarding the ceiling on allowable charges for certain disclosures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). As detailed in the notice, which will be published shortly and is available...
In an administrative opinion made public today, the Federal Trade Commission ruled that Schering-Plough Corporation (Schering), Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. (Upsher), and American Home Products (AHP) entered into illegal agreements in 1997 and 1998 to delay the entry of lower-cost generic...
A Houston, Texas-based physicians’ group has agreed to settle FTC charges that it increased costs for consumers, employers, and health plans by fixing prices jointly in contract negotiations with payors, in violation of federal antitrust laws. The consent agreement with Memorial Hermann Health...
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...
Commission approval of final consent order: Following a public comment period, the Commission has approved a final consent order in the matter concerning Surgical Specialists of Yakima, P.L.L.C.; Cascade Surgical Partners, P.S.; and Yakima Surgical Associates, Inc., P.S. The Commission vote to...
Commission approval of amended complaint: The Commission has approved the filing of an amended complaint in its case against Kevin Trudeau, et al. The original complaint in this matter, announced on June 10, 2003, alleged that health claims for Coral Calcium Supreme made by Trudeau and several...
Issuance of staff advisory letter: The staff of the Federal Trade Commission has advised Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) that it does not intend to recommend that the Commission challenge MGMA’s plan to conduct and publish the results of a physician survey relating to various aspects of...
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...
A group of surgeons in Yakima, Washington, has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it increased the cost of health care for consumers in Yakima by jointly fixing prices in contract negotiations with insurers in violation of federal laws. The proposed consent order with Surgical...
Issuance of staff advisory opinion: The staff of the FTC's Bureau of Competition has advised counsel for Bay Area Preferred Physicians (BAPP) that it does not presently intend to recommend law enforcement action if BAPP establishes a "messenger" arrangement to minimize the costs associated with...
An administrative law judge upheld the administrative complaint that charged that the North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP), a physician group practicing in Forth Worth, Texas, collectively determined acceptable fees for physician services in negotiating contracts with health...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued an administrative complaint against a group of Texas physicians, charging that they unlawfully restrained competition, increasing the cost of health care for consumers in the Fort Worth area.
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice (DOJ) today released a detailed agenda for the final sessions of their joint hearings on health care and competition law and policy, to be held September 24-26, 2003 and September 30 - October 1, 2003. These hearings will be held at the FTC...
The Federal Trade Commission today issued a complaint against the South Carolina State Board of Dentistry alleging that it violated federal laws by illegally restricting the ability of dental hygienists to provide preventive dental services, including cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments,...
The Commission settled a September 15 2003 administrative complaint charging the South Carolina State Board of Dentistry with unlawfully restraining competition by enacting a rule that required a dentist to examine every child before a dental hygienist could provide preventive dental...
This week, a generic drug manufacturer, Apotex Corp., confirmed that it was commencing U.S. sales of a generic version of the GlaxoSmithKline plc (Glaxo) antidepressant, Paxil – a prescription drug with annual sales in excess of $2 billion. Apotex was able to launch the product earlier than...

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