The Federal Trade Commission is examining antitrust allegations involving at least one New Mexico hospital -- 149-bed Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Roswell -- and an independent practice association, Modern Healthcare has learned. The agency has not filed a complaint against either organization. The FTC has served the Center for Ambulatory Surgery in Roswell with a subpoena asking about the medical center's business practices, said Lauri Rose, the surgery center's administrator. The center's owners plan to break ground later this year on a 26-bed acute-care hospital to compete with the medical center, Rose said. Richard Robinson, chief executive officer of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, said he hasn't received notice of any FTC investigation. Officials with the FTC and Community Health Systems, which owns Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, had not returned Modern Healthcare calls at deadline. -- by Mark Taylor
N.M. market subject of federal antitrust probe
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