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Payer negotiations or price fixing?

Federal Trade Commission, January 2, 2009

Physician groups in Modesto, CA, and Boulder County, CO, will each settle separate Federal Trade Commission claims. Both groups are charged with orchestrating and carrying out agreements among their members to refuse, and threaten to refuse, to deal with insurance providers, unless they raised the fees paid to the groups' doctors. The settlement prohibits each group from engaging in similar conduct in the future, to ensure protection of the competition.