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FTC Attempts to Unroll Anesthesiology Consolidation in Texas

The FTC filed a lawsuit against U.S. Anesthesia Partners, Inc., and private equity company Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe XI, L.P. and affiliated entities, alleging that they violated the Clayton Act and the FTC Act by engaging in an anticompetitive scheme to monopolize the anesthesiology market in Texas.

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Potential for Stem Cell Therapies Stems Alleged Grift

Iowa AG Brenna Bird filed a lawsuit against Biologics Health, LLC and Summit Partners Group, LLC, d/b/a Summit Health Centers, as well as their co-owners, for allegedly violating the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act, the Door-to-Door Sales Act, and the Older Iowans Law by making false and deceptive claims in their door-to-door sales of unproven stem…

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Minnesota AG Puts Spotlight on Medical Billing Practices

Minnesota AG Keith Ellison announced his office will take proactive measures to renew its focus on medical-billing practices in Minnesota, including holding public listening sessions and collecting online submissions regarding consumers’ experiences with medical billing. In a related enforcement action, AG Ellison announced that his office is investigating the billing practices of Allina Health, which…

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Surescripts Settlement Shores Up Competition in E-Prescription Market

The FTC settled with Surescripts, LLC to resolve allegations that the health information technology company violated the FTC Act by engaging in anticompetitive, monopolistic conduct. The FTC’s complaint alleged that Surescripts utilized anticompetitive tactics to maintain monopolies in two markets related to electronic prescriptions: routing, or transmission between a provider and a pharmacy; and eligibility,…

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FTC and HHS Express Concern Over Health Data Disclosed by Online Tracking Technologies

The FTC and HHS Office of Civil Rights sent a joint letter to approximately 130 hospital systems and telehealth providers to warn them about the risks of unauthorized disclosure of personal health information (PHI) associated with online tracking technologies such as Google Analytics.

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