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HCA Denies Claims Of Anti-Competitive Behavior

Law360 (September 21, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Hospital chain HCA Inc. has vehemently denied allegations of anti-competitive practices levied by health care provider UnitedHealth Group Inc. in a lawsuit filed earlier this week.

UnitedHealth filed the suit on Monday, accusing the company of tying a contract for imaging services to negotiations over reimbursement rates. The company also accused HCA of discouraging nurses from helping UnitedHealth patients in HCA hospitals.

“That this is simply a misguided attempt to use the court as leverage in ordinary—albeit heated—business negotiations is evident in the weakness of United's...
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