21 Sep '12, 5pm

California Attorney General investigates anti-competitive behavior by doctors/hospitals. ^ab

The California Attorney General has issued subpoenas to several large hospital systems in California, including Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara, Dignity Health in San Francisco, Sutter Health in Northern California, and Scripps Health and Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. It has also issued subpoenas to large health insurers in the State, and the focus of the investigation appears to be whether the hospital systems’ consolidations with physician groups are conferring on them enough market power to result in a lessening of competition and raising of prices which implicate antitrust concerns. And, as mentioned, the California Attorney General is not alone in its close scrutiny of hospital’s acquisitions of physician groups. In April 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (in conjunction with the Washington Attorney General) made its first public announcement of an investigat...

Full article: http://www.sheppardhealthlaw.com/2012/09/articles/governm...

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