American Specialty Health Group, San Diego, announced it sued Healthways, Franklin, Tenn., for allegedly using anti-competitive practices when selling senior fitness services to the Medicare Advantage market.
American Specialty Health sues Healthways, alleges anti-competitive practices
American Specialty, which offers the Silver&Fit fitness program, accused Healthways, which offers the Silver Sneakers fitness program, of trying to freeze out the Silver&Fit program from signing up fitness facilities in its network. The lawsuit accuses market-leading Healthways of insisting that fitness facilities sign exclusivity agreements and of threatening to keep fitness facilities from offering the market leading Silver Sneakers if they also offer Silver&Fit, according to the lawsuit filed in federal district court in San Diego.
American Specialty claims damages of $11 million in the suit, having lost business with specific health plans as a result of not being able to form a fitness facility network.
Healthways executives declined to comment per company policy regarding pending litigation, spokesman Bruce Middlebrooks said.
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