Orlando Physician Competition Attorneys
Health care is not an easy market to compete in, especially if you are a physician or a provider. Between dealing with hospital bureaucracy and insurance companies, there is often little time–or money–left to devote to actual patient care. This is why many physicians in central Florida have turned to forming physician-owned surgery centers, where they can provide high-quality patient care at a lower total cost.
The biggest obstacles to such arrangements include the incumbent hospitals, who use their market power to thwart low-cost alternatives that benefit patients at the expense of the hospital’s bottom line. In and of itself, such activities are not illegal. But when hospital tactics cross the line into anticompetitive behavior, that is where you need to engage the services of a skilled Orlando physician competition attorney.
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., is an antitrust litigation firm that specializes in representing physicians and physician-owned care centers who have been unfairly denied the chance to compete in the Orlando healthcare marketplace. We have more than two decades of experience in complex antitrust litigation. Our team will work tirelessly to ensure that hospitals and insurance companies do not abuse their market power to the detriment of your business and your patients.
Fighting Anticompetitive Conduct in Central Florida’s Healthcare Markets
Since the 19th century the federal antitrust laws have prohibited “unreasonable” restraints of trade in interstate commerce. Today, the federal government and the State of Florida both enforce rigorous competition laws designed to identify and prevent abuses of market power. However, individuals affected by anticompetitive conduct may also bring independent civil antitrust actions to protect their rights.
The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., represents plaintiffs in such antitrust lawsuits. Some of the scenarios that may give rise to a physician competition-related antitrust claim include:
- A hospital threatens to revoke a doctor’s operating privileges unless she agrees to only refer surgical patients to their facility.
- A hospital signs a long-term “exclusive” deal with the dominant insurance company in the area, locking out competing physician-owned surgery centers completely.
- A hospital attempts to create a monopoly by acquiring a competing physician-owned surgery center or other independent physician groups to ensure patients only have one option.
These are just a few hypothetical examples of anticompetitive conduct that can affect the Orlando healthcare market. The critical thing to keep in mind is that while there is nothing inherently illegal about a hospital or insurance company having a dominant share of the market, they are not allowed to try and preserve–or expand–that dominance by simply trying to eliminate the competition outright. Antitrust laws ultimately emphasize the welfare of the consumer, which in turn requires a thriving, competitive marketplace.
Call Us Today to Schedule a No-Obligation Consultation
If you know–or even suspect–that your practice is in danger due to anticompetitive conduct by a dominant hospital or insurance company, the important thing to remember is you are not alone. We are here to help. The Law Offices of George M. Sanders is a litigation firm that represents health care providers. We are prepared to handle your case from start-to-finish. In some cases that may mean trial. But in other situations, simply having an experienced antitrust attorney by your side is enough to bring the other side to the negotiating table.
Whatever your situation, we would like to sit down and meet with you as soon as possible. Call us today at (312) 624-7642, to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.