Lakeland Physician Competition Attorneys
Florida doctors and other healthcare providers continue to face a number of competitive challenges in the marketplace. As insurers and traditional hospitals continue to squeeze physician reimbursement rates–cutting corners when it comes to patient care–many doctors have responded by experimenting with new business models. For example, physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) allow doctors to manage healthcare costs while providing patients with a better overall experience.
Unfortunately, many incumbent healthcare players have little interest in disrupting a status quo that directly benefits them. Many hospitals and insurance companies have resorted to anticompetitive tactics to bring competing physicians “back into line.” As a healthcare provider dedicated to your patients’ well-being, you do not have to tolerate such conduct. If you are a healthcare provider in the Polk County area who has been forced to deal with illegal retaliation, you need to speak with a qualified Lakeland physician competition attorney who can advise you of your legal options.
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., focuses on complex antitrust litigation in the healthcare market. Our practice helps physicians like you who only want to provide first-class patient care free of outside interference. Our litigators know how to build and win an antitrust case. If there is a hospital or insurance company trying to drive you out of the market, we can help you make sure they do not succeed.
Fighting Back Against Anticompetitive Tactics
Antitrust laws have been in place at the national and state levels for more than a century. At their core these laws target “unreasonable” business acts that have the effect of restraining trade or creating a monopoly in the marketplace. In other words, an action is unreasonable–and thus anticompetitive and illegal–if it is designed to destroy competition rather than promote it.
When it comes to the healthcare market in Lakeland and Polk County, the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., can help your medical practice or ASC address the following situations:
- Hospitals using overly restrictive, long-term “exclusive” contracts to lock in their control over the privately insured patients in a given geographic area. Again, while not all such contracts are illegal, they will raise antitrust concerns if the purpose is clearly to exclude all other healthcare providers from the market.
- For similar reasons, a hospital that threatens to revoke a doctor’s privileges unless they refer all patients to them could be challenged as an unreasonable restraint of trade.
- Some healthcare providers may employ more underhanded, yet equally illegal tactics, such as misusing the “peer review” process to punish a doctor perceived as a financial competitor.
Our Lakeland Physician Competition Attorneys Can Help You
Healthcare providers in Florida are under substantial pressure to cut costs without regard for the collateral impact on their patients. This often leaves doctors feeling trapped when dealing with dominant hospitals and insurance companies that “control” the market. But no physician should ever believe they have no alternative but to yield to aggressive, anticompetitive tactics.
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., is here to help you. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 to schedule a free consultation with our Lakeland physician competition attorneys.