In the Matter of


File No. 0210188


The Federal Trade Commission ("Commission"), having initiated an investigation of certain acts and practices of Washington University Physician Network ("WUPN"), hereinafter "Proposed Respondent," and it now appearing that Proposed Respondent is willing to enter into an Agreement Containing Consent Order to Cease and Desist ("Consent Agreement") from certain acts and practices, and providing for other relief,

IT IS HEREBY AGREED by and between Proposed Respondent and its attorney and counsel for the Commission that:

1. Proposed Respondent Washington University Physician Network is a not-for-profit corporation, organized, existing, and doing business under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Missouri, with its office and principal place of business located at 7425 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 307, Clayton, Missouri 63105.

2. Proposed Respondent admits all the jurisdictional facts set forth in the draft of Complaint here attached.

3. Proposed Respondent waives:

a. any further procedural steps;

b. the requirement that the Commission's Decision and Order, attached hereto and made a part hereof, contain a statement of findings of fact and conclusions of law;

c. all rights to seek judicial review or otherwise to challenge or contest the validity of the Decision and Order entered pursuant to this Consent Agreement; and

d. any claim under the Equal Access to Justice Act.

4. This Consent Agreement shall not become part of the public record of the proceeding unless and until it is accepted by the Commission. If this Consent Agreement is accepted by the Commission it, together with the draft of Complaint contemplated thereby, will be placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days and information with respect thereto publicly released. The Commission thereafter may either withdraw its acceptance of this Consent Agreement and so notify the Proposed Respondent, in which event it will take such action as it may consider appropriate, or issue and serve its Complaint (in such form as the circumstances may require) and Decision and Order, in disposition of the proceeding.

5. This Consent Agreement is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by Proposed Respondent that the law has been violated as alleged in the draft of Complaint here attached, or that the facts as alleged in the draft Complaint, other than jurisdictional facts, are true.

6. This Consent Agreement contemplates that, if it is accepted by the Commission, and if such acceptance is not subsequently withdrawn by the Commission pursuant to the provisions of Commission Rule 2.34, 16 C.F.R. 2.34, the Commission may, without further notice to Proposed Respondent, (1) issue its Complaint corresponding in form and substance with the draft of Complaint here attached and the Decision and Order in disposition of the proceeding and (2) make information public with respect thereto. When so entered, the Decision and Order shall have the same force and effect, and may be altered, modified, or set aside in the same manner and within the same time provided by statute for other orders. The Decision and Order shall become final upon service. Delivery of the Complaint and the Decision and Order to Proposed Respondent by any means specified in Commission Rule 4.4(a), 16 C.F.R. 4.4(a), shall constitute service. Proposed Respondent waives any right it may have to any other manner of service. The Complaint may be used in construing the terms of the Decision and Order, and no agreement, understanding, representation, or interpretation not contained in the Decision and Order or the Consent Agreement may be used to vary or contradict the terms of the Decision and Order.

7. Proposed Respondent has read the draft of the Complaint and the Decision and Order contemplated hereby. By signing this Consent Agreement, Proposed Respondent represents that it can accomplish the full relief contemplated by this Consent Agreement. Proposed Respondent understands that once the Decision and Order becomes final, it will be required to file one or more compliance reports showing that it has fully complied with the Decision and Order. Proposed Respondent agrees to comply with Paragraph II of the draft Decision and Order from the date it signs this Consent Agreement. Proposed Respondent further understands that it may be liable for civil penalties in the amount provided by law for each violation of the Decision and Order after the Decision and Order becomes final.


By: ________________________________

Signed this ___ day of _______, 2003

John J. Miles, Esq.
Attorney for Respondent

Signed this day of , 2003.



Garry R. Gibbs, Attorney

Melea Greenfeld, Attorney


David R. Pender
Deputy Assistant Director

Jeffrey W. Brennan
Assistant Director

Joseph J. Simons
Bureau of Competition