Health Care Antitrust

Antitrust has assumed a more prominent role in the health care industry, due primarily to the increasing significance of managed care.  In recent years, the federal antitrust agencies have published enforcement guidelines for the industry that cover areas such as mergers, physician networks and other competitor collaborations.  At the same time, the federal government has also been aggressively prosecuting cases against the health care industry.  Our Attorneys are well-versed on the health care antitrust guidelines and on the application of the antitrust laws to the health care industry generally.

Working closely with our Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice, our health care lawyers provide a full range of antitrust counseling and litigation services.  For example, we successfully represented the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in an antitrust challenge of its termination of a license of a local plan. 

Our attorneys also routinely advise health care providers on antitrust issues, including the antitrust implications of mergers and the establishment of integrated delivery systems such as physician or physician-hospital networks or IPAs.