Discovery Is Relevant To Horizon Plan Row, NJ Justices Say

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (July 24, 2017, 2:19 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday ruled that hospitals suing Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. over its two-tier provider system can access research the insurer used in formulating the plan, reasoning that the information is relevant to lower-tier hospitals' claims the system gives higher-tier hospitals a competitive edge.

The justices unanimous decision, which addressed two consolidated interlocutory appeals, reversed Appellate Division decisions staying lower courts' orders to compel the discovery of information such as the agreements between the higher tier hospitals, known as "Tier 1" facilities, and Horizon's Omnia Alliance system, along with criteria used to differentiate Tier 1 and lower-rung,...

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