Chicago Health Care Lawyers
The health care industry is cutthroat, and even smaller markets have a high level of competition when it comes to getting patients and being able to provide the services they need. Health insurance companies control much of the industry, and it can be difficult for providers to find leverage against insurers to care for their patients as they should and remain competitive.
If you have any questions or concerns about your health care company’s place in the market and options for increasing your success in the right way, do not hesitate to consult with Chicago health care lawyers who can help.
Physician Networks and Joint Ventures
Many physicians on their own wonder what they can do to have more effective negotiations with health insurers regarding treatment and pricing. When insurers make announcements, many physicians feel helpless and at the mercy of the insurance company. One way that we help physicians keep greater control is through creating collaborative relationships with other providers to have a greater place in the market.
Joint ventures and provider networks help different physicians combine their experience and knowledge in a service that can help patients with a wider range of needs. This can also increase the reimbursement the provider receives from insurance companies for patient treatment. However, you cannot simply merge with another practice or create a network of providers without raising antitrust concerns in the community.
Potential Antitrust Issues
Collaborative conduct is not prohibited by antitrust laws, but it can raise concerns and legal issues in any industry. When competitors decide to join together, they must do so in line with all antitrust and anti-competition laws, and the merger might find scrutiny by antitrust regulators. If your transaction is under investigation, you need a health care lawyer representing you and demonstrating that your transaction is lawful.
Other providers in the area might feel threatened by new collaborations in the market and might raise antitrust concerns – or even file an antitrust lawsuit to stop the collaboration. Our attorneys can identify possible antitrust issues ahead of time and work to protect your venture by showing that it does not violate relevant health care antitrust laws.
While antitrust laws might limit competitors from joining together whenever they want, the law certainly does not prevent such collaboration, and we are ready to stand up for your health care business.
Issues with Larger Providers
Some hospitals and larger providers might engage in anti-competitive conduct that negatively impacts your practice. When this happens, we can assess your rights in the matter and take legal action to stop the conduct when needed.
Learn How Experienced Chicago Health Care Lawyers Can Help You
The above are only some examples of why health care providers might need assistance from a Chicago health care lawyer. The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, PC, represents health care professionals and networks in the Chicago area, so please contact us for more information about our services and to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.