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Ninth Circuit Revives Antitrust Complaints Against Sutter Health

July 19, 2016, 4:00 AM

Patients can argue that a major California hospital chain violated federal antitrust laws by tying some inpatient services at inflated prices to other inpatient services in its contracts with health insurance plans, a federal appeals court ruled (Sidibe v. Sutter Health, 2016 BL 227913, 9th Cir., 14-16234, unpublished 7/15/16).

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit July 15 revived claims by a group of patients that Sutter Health unlawfully forced health plans to agree to the tying clauses, causing plaintiffs to pay higher health insurance premiums and other health-care charges.

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