DOJ widens Blue Cross probe across several states

The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2011
The U.S. Justice Department is widening a probe of Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plans in several states, examining whether they are effectively raising health-insurance premiums by striking agreements with hospitals that stifle competition from rival insurers. Federal investigators, as well as some state attorneys general, have sent civil subpoenas to "Blue" health plans in Missouri, Ohio, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation is looking at whether dominant health plans around the country are forcing hospitals to sign anticompetitive contracts that inhibit them in doing business with their rivals. The Justice Department's investigation comes amid efforts by the administration of President Barack Obama to rein in rising costs as part of its sweeping healthcare overhaul.

Comments are moderated. Please be patient.


MOST POPULAR

" style="font-family:inherit">Physician's Scathing Remarks Humiliate Patient, Cost Hospital
  • Alternative Staffing Arrangements
  • " style="font-family:inherit">The Perils of Cut-and-Paste Documentation
  • Aging Doctors: Time for Mandatory Competency Testing?
  • 7 Years In, Triple Aim Transcends Jargon
  • Alternative Staffing Arrangements
  • CMS Predictive Readmission Models 'Not Very Good'
  • SPONSORED REPORTS
    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    SIGN UP

    FREE e-Newsletters Join the Council Subscribe to HL magazine

    SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING

    100 Winners Circle Suite 300
    Brentwood, TN 37027

    800-727-5257

    About | Advertise | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Reprints/Permissions | Contact
    © HealthLeaders Media 2014 a division of BLR All rights reserved.