Florida Physician Competition Attorneys
The healthcare market in Florida continues to pose new and greater challenges for physicians and patients alike. Many doctors have chosen to separate themselves from the traditional hospital bureaucracy by establishing physician-owned surgery centers, which are also known as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). With this new physician-driven healthcare model, Florida doctors are able to offer their patients a higher quality of care with lower costs, not only in terms of money but also time spent undergoing and recovering from procedures.
The losers with this new healthcare model are the established hospitals whose profit margins depend on monopolizing local markets. To fight back, some hospitals resort to unethical and illegal tactics against ASCs and other physician-owned competitors. If you are a Florida healthcare provider who is the target of such tactics, you need to speak with an experienced antitrust attorney to learn about your legal options.
The Florida physician competition attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., specializes in complex healthcare antitrust competition. We represent doctors like you whose only goal is providing superior patient care free of third-party interference. Our skilled litigators have decades of experience in building–and winning–antitrust cases against hospitals that mistakenly believe they can violate the law with impunity. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
Taking a Stand Against Anticompetitive Conduct
The Sherman Act broadly prohibits a wide range of anticompetitive conduct in the marketplace. Both laws focus on “unreasonable” restraints of trade–actions that go beyond the normal bounds of competition, and in fact are designed to destroy competition altogether. Some of the more common unreasonable restraints of trade include price-fixing agreements and group boycotts. Here are some of the scenarios we often deal with at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C.:
- A hospital uses the peer review process as a smokescreen for a group boycott, i.e., a doctor is disciplined not for negligence in providing patient care but rather because she is part of an ASC that financially competes against the hospital for patients.
- Along these same lines, the dominant hospital in a city or county may threaten to revoke the privileges of a surgical specialist unless they refer all of their patients to said hospital instead of a less-expensive physician-owned surgery center.
- A hospital and insurance company sign a long-term exclusive contract that is clearly designed to eliminate competition in the market.
How Can We Help You?
Every physician who practices medicine in Florida understands the enormous financial pressures on their practices and patients. Many times doctors feel they have no choice but to yield to aggressive–and potentially illegal–tactics employed by hospitals and insurance companies. But the reality is you have certain rights under the law. Antitrust laws are not just enforced by government regulators. As the Florida Antitrust Act notes, “Any person who shall be injured in her or his business or property” due to anticompetitive conduct has a right to have their case heard in court.
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. will make sure your voice is heard. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 to schedule a free consultation with our Florida physician competition attorneys. Let’s sit down and discuss your situation and how we can best help you.