Judge re­jects an­titrust claims against Memo­rial Her­mann

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

A jury in Har­ris County, Texas, re­jected an­titrust claims lev­eled against Memo­rial Her­mann Health­care Sys­tem, Hous­ton, by a group of physi­cians whose com­pet­ing hospi­tal in Hous­ton failed in 2007. The in­vestors in Hous­ton Town & Coun­try Hospi­tal al­leged that the eight-hospi­tal sys­tem or­ches­trated the hospi­tal’s death af­ter the for-profit com­peti­tor opened a few blocks from Memo­rial Her­mann’s 319-bed Memo­rial City Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Hous­ton. The law­suit ar­gued that Town & Coun­try couldn’t se­cure man­aged-care con­tracts be­cause Memo­rial Her­mann threat­ened to re­tal­i­ate against in­sur­ers who did busi­ness with the physi­cians’ up­start. “The busi­ness of health­care is com­pli­cated even for many of those who work in health­care to­day, so we are grate­ful this jury took care to un­der­stand the facts,” Memo­rial Her­mann Pres­i­dent and CEO Dan Wolter­man said in a news release. The lead at­tor­ney for the physi­cians su­ing the sys­tem, Richard Zook, a part­ner in the law firm Thomp­son & Knight, said in an in­ter­view that he be­lieves the case was a close de­ci­sion for the jury.

Wolter­man

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