Physician-owned Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital, Overland Park, Kan., sued about a dozen insurers and area hospitals, accusing the companies of joining in an illegal effort to run the 2-year-old orthopedic hospital out of business. The antitrust complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., alleged that HCA Midwest Division, which owns 12 hospitals in the area, conspired with other healthcare providers in pressing insurers not to do business with Heartland. At deadline, Rob Dyer, vice president of marketing for the HCA division, was unavailable for comment. In an 18-page complaint, the surgical hospital contended that, "even before the time Heartland opened its doors, defendants embarked on a pattern of exclusionary, predatory and other anticompetitive conduct." -- by Michael Romano
Specialty hospital contends HCA tried to shut it down
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