Richmond Physician Competition Attorneys
Healthcare is supposed to be about the patient. But far too often, business interests get in the way. Physicians who try to integrate new technologies into their own practices find themselves in conflict with hospitals who do not want to give up traditional–and more expensive–procedures. And instead of competing on the merits, these hospitals and other entrenched interests simply assert their existing dominant market power to stifle innovation.
If you run a physician-owned surgery center, you have no doubt experienced these anticompetitive tactics. You have enough to deal with when it comes to providing top-quality patient care. You do not have to deal with the hospitals and insurance companies alone.
The qualified Richmond physician competition attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., can help. We are experienced antitrust litigators who focus on complex healthcare matters. We exclusively represent physicians and other healthcare providers who seek to eliminate barriers to competition in the marketplace.
Identifying and Addressing Anticompetitive Behavior in the Richmond Healthcare Market
Antitrust violations have become sadly commonplace in the Richmond healthcare market. You may not even realize a particular action or business tactic is illegal. Two of the more common problems we come across at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., are exclusive dealing and sham peer review.
Exclusive dealing refers to contracts that have the effect of destroying competition. Now, anyone who has worked in healthcare for any length of time understands that hospitals and other providers sign “exclusive” contracts with insurance companies. Such agreements are not necessarily illegal. The problem is when the deals are of such a length and nature as to effectively force patients in a given market to use the contracted provider, regardless of the quality of care or the actual price. At this point an exclusive deal can violate the federal Sherman Antitrust Act and state laws designed to ensure a competitive market for the benefit of consumers.
As with exclusive dealing, sham peer review is little more a cover for anticompetitive behavior. You may have observed–or been subjected to–such activities yourself. For example, maybe a local hospital threatened to take away a physician’s operating privileges unless he referred all of her patients to their facility instead of a competing physician-owned surgery. The mere threat of professional sanction is often enough to bring doctors “into line,” which benefits neither them nor their patients. It only protects the hospital’s bottom line.
Need Help? Call Us Today to Schedule a No-Obligation Consultation
These are just some of the scenarios that may give rise to a healthcare antitrust claim. In many cases it may not even be immediately clear whether your practice is the target of anticompetitive behavior. This is why you should speak with a Richmond physician competition attorney even if you merely suspect something is wrong.
The team at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., has spent more than two decades investigating and prosecuting physician competition claims in Richmond and throughout the country. We can help you get to the bottom of what is going on. Call us today at (312) 624-7642 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.