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Federal officials are attacking what they say was an illegal effort by 120 Cincinnati-area obstetrician-gynecologists to work together to increase managed care payment rates.
Officials in the antitrust division at the U.S. Department of Justice have negotiated a proposed final judgment that could resolve the physician side of a civil suit they filed in June in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.
Although physicians can share a “messenger service” when communicating with provider networks about contract terms, the Federation of Physicians and Dentists, Tallahassee, Fla., played an illegally active role in efforts to coordinate negotiations for Cincinnati-area ob-gyns starting in 2002, the government says in its complaint.