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U.S. Department of Justice Sues North Carolina Hospital System for Insisting on Anti-Steering Provisions in Insurance Reimbursement Contracts

On June 9, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (“DoJ”) filed a complaint against the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, d/b/a Carolinas Health Care System (“CHS”) in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. (United States of America and State of North Carolina v. Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital … Continue Reading

Switching to Electronic Medical Records May Not Be a Cure for Billing Abuses

By Robert Rose Last month, in a joint letter by HHS and DOJ to five prominent hospital associations, the government warned that some providers are using electronic medical records (EMR) to “game the system.” The September 24th letter gave examples of “troubling indications” of EMR misuse: Cutting and pasting the same examination findings for multiple … Continue Reading

Healthcare Sector Comes Under Increased Government Antitrust Scrutiny

By Neil Ray In May 2010, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Christine Varney, referred to the essential role that antitrust has in preserving and protecting competition which together with regulation can be harnessed to expand coverage, improve quality and control the cost of health care.     … Continue Reading
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