Kissimmee Physician Competition Attorneys
Healthcare is at a crossroads in this country. New technologies now make it possible for physicians and other providers to offer complex surgical procedures on an outpatient basis. This means no lengthy, expensive hospital stay. While this is great for patients, it is less welcome news for traditional hospitals that depend on extended in-patient procedures to generate revenue.
As legacy firms often do in these situations, some hospitals in the central Florida area have responded to this new wave of physician-led competition by attempting to manipulate the marketplace. Such manipulations are not simply anti-consumer and anti-physician. They frequently violate the antitrust laws.
The Kissimmee physician competition attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with such anticompetitive conduct in the healthcare industry. We represent physicians and physician-owned medical groups who are fighting for the interests of their patients against the traditional hospitals and insurance companies. If you are the target of illegal or unethical activities, we can help you investigate the matter and take the necessary and proper legal action to remedy the situation.
Stopping Unreasonable Restraints on Healthcare Competition
Antitrust laws were initially passed during the wave of industrial consolidation in the late 1800s. Although “trusts” in the original sense are no longer a major concern, today laws such as the Sherman Act and the Florida Antitrust Act prohibit businesses from imposing “unreasonable” restraints of trade in the marketplace. In plain terms, a dominant firm cannot abuse its power to unfairly exclude competitors from the marketplace.
With respect to the healthcare market in Kissimmee and central Florida, unreasonable restraints can take many forms. Perhaps a hospital has abused its physician credentialing or peer review process to punish a doctor who is viewed as too successful an economic competitor. In antitrust parlance this is a “group boycott.”
Or consider hospitals that sign “exclusive” contracts with insurance companies. Such exclusivity often forces patients covered by that insurer to undergo expensive in-patient procedures, rather than a less expensive (and invasive) outpatient procedure at a physician-owned surgery center. While not every exclusive deal violates the antitrust laws, those that are plainly designed to eliminate competition rather than serve customers can–and should–be subject to rigorous antitrust review.
Additionally, many independent physician groups need to be aware of the potential risk of antitrust challenges to their own practices. Insurance companies have become quite aggressive in recent years in using the antitrust laws to accuse doctors of “price fixing” when they seek better contractual terms. If you find yourself the target of such an attack, you will require the services of an experienced Kissimmee physician competition attorney who understands both the antitrust laws and the intricacies of the healthcare market.
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Antitrust litigation is neither quick nor simple. Building a successful case often requires months of investigation and pretrial discovery. But at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our experienced team of physician competition attorneys will not rest until we achieve the best results for you and your patients. If you live in the Kissimmee area and would like to schedule a free consultation, call us today at (312) 624-7642.