Lessons From Southwest Health Alliance

Law360, New York (May 23, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT) -- Southwest Health Alliance, an independent practice association with approximately 900 member physicians, has agreed to a proposed order recently entered by the Federal Trade Commission, settling charges that it engaged in anti-competitive conduct in its dealings with insurers and other payors for the provision of physician services (collectively, “insurers” or “payors”).

In its complaint, the FTC alleged that since at least 2000, Southwest has restrained trade by fixing the prices its members would charge insurers and has collectively negotiated the terms and conditions governing dealings with...
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