FTC Orders Texas Doctors Group To Stop Rate Talks

Law360, New York (May 10, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- An alliance of 900 Texas doctors agreed Tuesday not to negotiate the rates its physicians charge insurers in order to settle price-fixing allegations from the Federal Trade Commission and state prosecutors.

The FTC accused Southwest Health Alliances Inc. — which operates as the BSA Provider Network — of hindering competition by setting the prices and terms under which it would sign up its doctors to work with health insurance plans since at least 2000. The Amarillo, Texas-based network's actions hindered competition and ended up hiking prices...
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