The Costs Of A Potential Blue Cross Conspiracy

Law360, New York (May 7, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT) -- Two recent lawsuits allege that Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) entities in North Carolina and Alabama have violated federal and state antitrust laws by engaging in concerted action with other Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans nationwide to divide geographic markets among them, which has allegedly resulted in reduced competition and higher rates charged to end customers for health care services.

The cases may have significant implications for providers: If the plaintiffs’ allegations are true, then it follows that BCBS’ practice of allocating markets...
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