Top NY Dem Backs Bill To Let Doctors Negotiate En Masse

Law360, New York (June 14, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT) -- A top New York State Assembly Democrat on Thursday sponsored legislation that would let doctors collectively negotiate with managed care providers, a bipartisan measure that has drawn opposition in the past from insurance giants like UnitedHealth Group Inc. who say such a move is prohibited under federal antitrust laws.

"It's an attempt to level the playing field between physicians and large health insurance companies, giving doctors a greater say," Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari of Albany told Law360. The newly crafted bill is sponsored in the state Senate...
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