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Physician Non-Compete Agreements and Antitrust

Antitrust claims based on employee non-compete agreements generally fail because the plaintiff cannot establish antitrust standing. In the Eleventh Circuit, the test for antitrust standing requires the plaintiff show (1)...more

Third Circuit Remands Class Certification Ruling in Blood Reagents Price-Fixing Case

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a district court’s order certifying a class of direct purchasers of blood reagents in a price-fixing suit against Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc. In re...more

Competition & Regulation Update: Harper Review - Implications For The Private Health Insurance Industry

On 31 March 2015 the final report of the Competition Policy Review Panel chaired by Professor Ian Harper (Harper Review) was released. The Harper Review Panel (Panel) has completed the most comprehensive review of Australia's...more

Open Season on Provider-controlled Licensing Boards

In a closely followed decision with significant consequences for state licensing boards and their members, the Supreme Court in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, 135 S. Ct. 1101...more

“It’s Not Easy to Unscramble the Eggs” … Despite the FTC’s Win at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Phoebe Putney Hospital Merger...

Nearly four years after the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) first challenged the combination of the only two hospitals in Albany, Georgia, the FTC, Phoebe Putney Health Systems, Inc. (“Phoebe Putney”), Hospital Authority of...more

Non-Compete Nonsense: Louisiana Enforces Non-Competes Against Cardiologists (but not Car Dealers)

A recent case out of the Louisiana Court of Appeal reminds us that some states will enforce physician non-compete agreements, even in the absence of a clear protectable interest and even where such enforcement threatens harm...more

Hospital Wins First Round Against Largest Rival in Antitrust Suit Alleging Illegal Exclusive Dealing Agreements with Insurers

The waves of change affecting health care providers include reimbursement and funding developments, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, technological and medical advances, provider network design transformations imposed by...more

Federal Court Allows Hospital’s Antitrust Claims to Proceed on Narrow Market Definition

Winning an antitrust lawsuit hinges on defining the “relevant market,” and this case may prove the point. Methodist Health Services Corporation notched the first win in its battle against Saint Francis Medical Center as a...more

Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bill Permitting Healthcare Providers to Negotiate Collectively with Health Insurers

On January 6, two Michigan Congressmen – Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Representative Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) – introduced the “Quality Health Care Coalition Act of 2015.” The bill (H.R. 105) would permit...more

Anatomy of a Provider-Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 3)

This is the third in a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission's challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for Early Legal Advice...more

Insurer’s Agreements with Providers Are Not Per Se Antitrust Violations

The Iowa Supreme Court refused to categorize a health insurer’s agreements with providers in Iowa and its participation in the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) network as per se violations of the antitrust laws. ...more

Takeaways From the FTC/DOJ Workshop on Health Care Competition

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division held their second public workshop on health care competition on February 24-25, 2015. The workshop is part of the FTC and DOJ’s commitment to...more

Supreme Court Holds State Regulatory Board Not Immune From Antitrust Laws

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (“Dental Board”) is not shielded from federal antitrust law under the doctrine of state-action antitrust...more

Illegal Premerger Coordination Leads to DOJ “Gun Jumping” Enforcement Action and $5 Million Settlement—Key Lessons Affecting...

On November 7, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reached a $5 million settlement with Flakeboard America Limited (“Flakeboard”), its foreign parents, and SierraPine to settle allegations...more

Medical Billing Provider and its Former CEO Settle FTC Charges That They Misled Consumers About Collection of Personal Health Data

In an age when many of us briskly scroll through website terms and conditions and check, “I agree” without thinking, how should businesses design their websites to obtain proper authorization to access users’ sensitive...more

GAO Takes Aim at GPOs

The GAO had drawn a bead on GPOs. In a report issued yesterday the Government Accountability Office expressed concern over the effect of GPOs (group purchasing organizations) on Medicare rates. The report recommended that...more

Health Insurer Antitrust Claim Against Drug Company Remanded to State Court

Over the last several years, several health insurers have brought antitrust claims against drug companies, contending that they were overcharged for drugs as a result of agreements reached by the drug companies in the...more

District Court Weighs in on Level of Integration Required to Shield Health Care Collaborations from Section 1 Scrutiny

In Medical Center at Elizabeth Place v. Premier Health Partners et. al, Case No. 12-cv-26 (S.D. Oh. Oct. 20, 2014), the Southern District of Ohio held that previously-competing health care systems who join together in a...more

Ohio District Court Deems Hospital Alliance a Single Entity Incapable of Conspiring Under the Antitrust Laws

On October 21, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio granted Defendants’ motion for summary judgment, holding that Premier Health Partners (“Premier”) and its affiliate hospitals, Atrium Health...more

Licensing Boards Face Antitrust Laws

States rely heavily on licensing boards to “police” various professions and industries. In the past, these boards have been immune from antitrust claims. But a significant case is about to impact state licensing boards...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - October 2014

In This Issue: - Regulatory Authorities - Energy - Public Economy Law - State Aid - Contract - Public Health - In Brief - Excerpt from Regulatory Authorities: French Competition...more

Implications on Pharmacies of Recent OIG Advisory Opinion on Per-Fill Fees

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an advisory opinion regarding a proposed arrangement by a specialty pharmacy (Requestor) to pay local pharmacies a per-fill fee...more

New York Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) Program Alert: Revised Regulations Are Particularly Relevant to DSRIP Participants

On August 27, 2014, the New York State Department of Health ("DOH") issued revisions to its proposed regulations implementing the Certificate of Public Advantage ("COPA") process, which will facilitate immunity for New York...more

FTC Promotes Competition Among Professionals Through Advocacy, Enforcement

On July 16, 2014, Andrew Gavil, Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), testified on the subject of “Competition and the Potential Costs and Benefits of Professional Licensure” before...more

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - July 2014 • Volume 3, Number 4

In This Issue: - COURT DENIES BLUES’ MOTION TO DISMISS IN RE BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD ANTITRUST LITIGATION (MDL 2406): On June 18, United States District Court Judge David Proctor (Northern District of Alabama)...more

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