FTC Settles Price-Fixing Case With Doctor Groups

Law360, New York (December 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached settlements with two physicians groups it accused of carrying out agreements among members to refuse or threaten to refuse to deal with insurance providers unless the providers raised fees paid to the groups’ doctors.

The proposed consent orders bar the groups — Independent Practice Associates Medical Group Inc., which operates as AllCare IPA, and Boulder Valley Independent Practice Association — from engaging in similar conduct in the future.

“When health care providers decide to pursue personal gain through unlawful...
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