As a hospital administrator, you receive a call from a colleague at another hospital. Your colleague, who is a friend, informs you that he has received a demand for a stipend from the ophthalmologists who take ED calls at his hospital, and they want a sizable raise. He asks you what you pay for that type of call and suggests that you could both benefit by coming up with a standard rate of pay over which neither of you will go in response to physician demands. It could save your hospitals $300,000 to do this. What is your response, and what is the rationale for it?


Discuss the importance of ethical business practices. Do you think that hospitals who engage in group purchasing organizations are engaging in a form of price-fixing? Justify your reasoning.

Assessment Description

Using the Healthcare page of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division website provided in the topic Resources, locate one antitrust law case. Write a 750 – 1,000 word analysis of the case that describes the following:

  1. Describe the three main antitrust statutes.
  2. A brief overview of the particulars of the case.
  3. The impact of the case on the law and power brokers.
  4. Concerns regarding the case in the role of a health care leader.

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Expert Answer:

Introduction and Purpose
This paper examines a case involving the United Regional Health Care System, which is accused of maintaining an illegal monopoly by entering into exclusionary contracts with health insurers in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The proposed Final Judgment seeks to prevent United Regional from using such agreements to address the alleged anti-competitive impacts outlined in the lawsuit (U.S. Department of Justice, 2023). This assignment aims to discuss the Three Main Antitrust Statutes, delve into the details of the U.S. and State of Texas v. United Regional Health Care System Case, analyze the implications of the case on the legal framework and influential entities, and explore the concerns raised for healthcare leaders.

Three Main Antitrust Statutes
In the United States, there are three primary antitrust laws that serve to promote competition and prohibit monopolistic practices. These statutes include the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act.