Doctors Accuse Health First Of Fla. Health Care Monopoly
By Kurt Orzeck
Law360, Los Angeles (October 1, 2013, 9:21 PM ET) -- Florida physicians launched an antitrust suit Friday accusing Health First Inc. of monopolizing regional care through its four affiliated hospitals and exacting revenge on doctors who don't exclusively refer patients to Health First hospitals and physician specialists, according to a Florida federal court filing.
Physicians who don't enter exclusive contracts with Health First risk losing their provider contracts and medical privileges at its hospitals, multi-specialty group practice Omni Healthcare Inc. and others alleged in their Friday complaint.
Moreover, Health First is leveraging its monopoly into other...