Doctors Settle Price-Fixing Charges With FTC

Law360 (January 1, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Advocate Health Partners, which represents more than 2,900 independent Chicago-area physicians, has reportedly accepted the terms of a consent order settling allegations that the company agreed to fix prices and refused to deal with certain health plans except on collectively determined terms.

The Federal Trade Commission said on Friday it had charged Advocate’s physician groups with unreasonably restraining competition between 1995 and 2004.

The agency said a four-year investigation had revealed that the groups had collectively negotiated the prices and other contract terms at which their...
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