$300M Antitrust Suit Accuses Hospital Of Bullying Insurers

Law360, New York (February 6, 2013, 3:16 PM EST) -- An Illinois hospital launched a $300 million antitrust suit in federal court Tuesday accusing its largest rival of strong-arming health insurance companies into cutting ties with competing providers, the latest case over exclusionary contracting tactics alleged to have sent health care costs soaring.

Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, a 329-bed hospital in Peoria, argues that Saint Francis Medical Center, a 616-bed hospital in the same central Illinois town, has used its comprehensive set of services to muscle insurers into sharply limiting the size of networks....
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