Antitrust Lawyers Rochester NY
Healthcare providers should be focused on patient care. As a provider, you have enough to worry about without having to deal with antitrust concerns. Unfortunately, antitrust issues arise frequently in the healthcare field and in many different scenarios. If you need assistance with any type of questions or concerns, you should discuss your situation with an antitrust lawyer who helps clients in Rochester, NY. Contact the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, PC, today.
Common Antitrust Concerns
There are different situations in which antitrust concerns can become relevant for healthcare providers of all sizes. The following are some ways that our law firm assists clients.
Mergers and Acquisitions
There are many reasons why healthcare companies merge or become acquired by larger hospitals or facilities. Often, smaller providers might join together to form networks so they might have greater leverage against health insurance companies. This can help them provide treatment as they see fit, and not as directed by insurance companies. Hospitals might acquire smaller providers, which can help the provider to have access to greater resources, patient bases, and more.
However, mergers and acquisitions regularly put up red flags for antitrust violations. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reviews contracts for these transactions to identify possible violations of the law, and can deny the merger or acquisition for several reasons. This can be costly and might even cause a high-stakes deal to fail. Our law firm reviews merger and acquisition contracts to prevent costly issues with federal regulators.
Antitrust concerns can also arise after a merger or acquisition is complete. Other providers in the market might have concerns about unfair competition, and it might result in allegations against your company or network. If you are under investigation for possible violations of federal antitrust laws, it is imperative that you seek help right away.
Unfair Competition by Hospitals
Large hospitals and healthcare conglomerates tend to have a leg up on smaller providers in a competitive market. However, these hospitals want to maintain their advantages by trying to avoid increasing competition from individual providers and smaller networks. For example, if a small group of surgeons decides to open an independent outpatient surgical center, it could face backlash from hospitals that lose admissions for inpatient surgeries.
Hospitals can make antitrust complaints directly to the FTC or other regulatory agencies, or they can use other less direct measures. Some hospitals publish negative peer reviews of medical providers in hopes of deterring patients from smaller facilities and keeping them within the larger networks. Doing so may constitute an antitrust violation, and hospitals should be held accountable if they try to bully smaller offices in the market.
Contact Our Experienced Antitrust Lawyers Handling Cases in Rochester, NY
Whether you are a healthcare provider facing possible antitrust allegations and investigations, or you have concerns about violations of hospitals and other providers, you want to have the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. on your side. Our experienced antitrust lawyers work with clients of all types in Rochester, NY, to handle antitrust concerns. Contact us to learn more.