The FTC-Alta Bates Price-Fixing Settlement

Law360, New York (July 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On June 4, 2009, the Federal Trade Commission accepted, subject to final approval, a proposed consent order with Alta Bates Medical Group Inc. (Alta Bates).

The consent order would settle the charges by the FTC that Alta Bates fixed prices in violation of the antitrust laws through its joint contracting activities on behalf of its member physicians.

The proposed consent order prohibits Alta Bates from collectively negotiating fee-for-service reimbursements and engaging in related anticompetitive conduct.

This proposed settlement is consistent with and in furtherance of the...
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