Washington Antitrust Lawyers
Helping to Resolve Antitrust Issues for Physicians in Washington State
While antitrust problems can arise in many different industries, healthcare companies and professionals are particularly susceptible to this type of challenge. Over the past couple of decades, the healthcare industry has changed considerably, including the influence of health insurers on how physicians operate. Insurance companies and hospitals are powerful entities that can establish restrictions on how you practice medicine, and these restrictions may create unfair competition and affect your ability to properly treat your patients. On the other hand, if physicians collaborate to protect their rights, it may raise antitrust issues and allegations.
Antitrust laws are in place to protect companies across the United States from unfair competition and other antitrust issues. These laws are complicated, as is exercising your rights under the law. If you believe you are facing unnecessary antitrust challenges, call the Washington antitrust lawyers at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. to learn about your legal rights and options.
Handling a Wide Range of Antitrust Concerns
Our legal team knows that physicians and medical groups can suffer harm due to antitrust violations by other entities, as well as face antitrust accusations themselves. Our Washington antitrust attorneys regularly assist with the following practice areas and more:
- Physician networks and joint ventures – Many physicians are trying to find solutions to stand up to insurers that try to control their provided services while taking the best possible care of patients and receiving their deserved compensation. This often leads to physicians forming joint networks and collaborative collectives, which can cause antitrust concerns to arise from competitors. Forming joint networks is not always against the law, and you should have the right legal assistance to protect your rights to work collaboratively to maintain control over the care you provide.
- Physician competition against hospitals – When physicians open surgery centers or facilities that may improve patient care and convenience, hospitals may not like the additional competition. Well-established hospitals can respond in a variety of powerful ways to try to curb the success of physician-operated facilities, and these responses may violate antitrust laws. We can help physicians fight unlawful anticompetitive acts by large hospitals.
- Physician peer review challenges – Peer review of physicians who provide care at hospitals is important to protect the best interests of patients. However, some hospitals may use the review process to restrict and retaliate against physicians who may be in competition with the hospital or related medical groups. Our attorneys represent the rights of doctors to a fair peer-review process that does not unlawfully affect their practices.
Contact Our Experienced Washington Antitrust Lawyers for More Information
There are many ways that physicians can experience anticompetitive attempts, as well as accusations of antitrust violations when they are only seeking to lawfully protect their practice and their patients. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., we stand up for the rights of physicians to control the care they provide and defend against wrongful accusations. Contact us to set up a free consultation about your situation.