In an opinion written by Judge Posner, the Seventh Circuit on Friday, June 9, 2017, affirmed OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s summary judgment win in a $300 million antitrust suit brought by a smaller competitor alleging unlawful exclusive dealing and attempted monopolization. This alert discusses the Court’s decision in this case, which is a notable precedent for hospitals and provider networks — particularly those with substantial market shares — that wish to negotiate narrow and exclusive network agreements with payors.
Yesterday both chambers of the Illinois legislature voted to override the Governor’s amendatory veto and passed Public Act 098-1127, which prohibits a physician from charging a markup on anatomic pathology services if the physician orders but does not supervise or perform the service. The law does, however, permit the physician to add on a “specimen acquisition or processing charge” if it is limited to actual costs incurred for collection and transportation and separately coded as a service distinct from the performance of the anatomic pathology service. If the physician decides to bill for the service despite the inability to charge a price that is higher than what the performing laboratory was paid, disclosure requirements apply. Although the law does not specify an effective date, it will take effect on January 1, 2015, according to a representative from the legislative information office. Continue Reading Illinois Legislature Passes Anti-Markup Law Applicable to Pathology Services