Antitrust Attorneys Boulder
Companies operating all types of industries in the United States are expected to comply with a range of federal antitrust laws. These laws aim to encourage healthy economic competition and protect a consumer’s right to choose the services and goods they want. Those in the healthcare industry should pay particular attention to antitrust laws, as these issues regularly arise for healthcare professionals large and small.
Large medical centers and smaller practices have historically been at odds when it comes to competition for patients. Health insurance companies also get involved and can work to hold back independent physicians from providing treatment as they choose. As the relationship between physicians and hospitals evolves, many antitrust concerns still remain. If you have antitrust concerns and wish to seek legal counsel, contact an antitrust attorney in Boulder at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. today.
There are different reasons why healthcare professionals and companies might have concerns regarding antitrust laws and compliance. The following are only some situations in which an experienced antitrust attorney can help.
Collectives and Joint Ventures
When a physician operates independently, they can feel significant pressure from insurance companies regarding their services and pricing. To limit the influence of major insurers, many physicians are entering into collectives and networks with other smaller healthcare providers, which gives them more leverage against the insurance companies. Physicians might also choose to engage in joint ventures with hospitals or other larger medical centers. When this happens, antitrust allegations may arise, and it is important to sufficiently defend against such allegations to prevent unnecessary liability and preserve the right to practice medicine as they choose.
Unfair Competition Practices
Hospitals and medical centers have deep pockets and significant influence over the healthcare market. In some situations, these facilities may try to use this influence to limit the services and competition of smaller healthcare groups or physician practices. If you are a physician facing barriers to your practice by large health conglomerates in your market, you should speak with an antitrust lawyer. We can evaluate your options to protect your right to compete and practice in your market.
Peer Review Pressure
Peer reviews of healthcare professionals are important to help patients make informed choices regarding their healthcare and treatment options. Such reviews also work to ensure that physicians are held to the necessary standard of care in their treatment. When a physician works for a hospital as well as their own practice, hospitals might try to use peer reviews as a tool to prevent competition. Falsely negative peer reviews are more common than you might believe, and such retaliation violates antitrust laws.
Contact an Antitrust Attorney in Boulder for More Information
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., represents healthcare professionals in a wide range of antitrust matters. If you have concerns about antitrust or unfair competition with your practice, or if you are facing allegations of noncompliance, do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation today.