The Federal Trade Commission affirmed a 2004 ruling from an FTC administrative law judge that found an independent practice association had illegally fixed prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. North Texas Specialty Physicians, Fort Worth, said it would appeal the commission's ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In an order today, the FTC commissioners banned 480-physician North Texas from contracting with payers on behalf of members except in the case of qualified risk-sharing and clinically integrated arrangements. North Texas said it believed its appeal was supported by a recent arbitration decision in an antitrust case between Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill., and insurer UnitedHealthcare of Illinois. The arbitration panel dismissed all claims against Advocate and its IPA. -- by Mark Taylor
FTC affirms limits on Texas IPA's contracting activities
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