The Federal Trade Commission charged several groups representing more than 2,900 Chicago-area physicians with price-fixing and refusing to deal with certain health plans except on collectively determined terms. According to the FTC complaint, the actions of Advocate Health Partners and other parties restrained competition in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act. A consent order settling the FTC charges will prohibit the respondents from engaging in such anti-competitive conduct in the future. The commission is seeking public comment on the proposed order until Jan. 30, after which the commission will decide whether to make it final. "The agreement grants AHP (Advocate) permission to continue joint contracting on behalf of 2,900 physicians, which we sought as part of this settlement," an Advocate spokesman said in an e-mailed response.
Chicago docs settle antitrust charges
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