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DETROIT—

Michi­gan hos­pi­tals have asked a fed­eral judge to dis­miss al­le­ga­tions of anti-com­pet­i­tive be­hav­ior lev­eled by the city of Pon­tiac, Mich. As­cen­sion Health and 21 hos­pi­tals along with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michi­gan were sued by the city in Jan­uary over con­tract clauses to guar­an­tee the in­surer lower rates than its com­peti­tors. The hos­pi­tals claim the city’s al­le­ga­tions are too weak for the law­suit to con­tinue, ac­cord­ing to a mo­tion filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. The mo­tion dis­misses var­i­ous al­le­ga­tions by Pon­tiac as “thread­bare” and “vague.” Pon­tiac’s law­suit fol­lowed the Oc­to­ber an­titrust com­plaint brought by the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment and Michi­gan at­tor­ney gen­eral, which al­leged the Michi­gan Blues’ most-fa­vored-nation con­tract clauses shut out competition and raised prices. The in­surer re­jected the claims and asked the court to throw out the law­suit. U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood did not is­sue a de­ci­sion at an April 19 hear­ing on the in­surer’s mo­tion to dis­miss the Jus­tice Depart­ment law­suit.

OAK BROOK, Ill.—

Ad­vo­cate Health Care and Ad­vo­cate Physi­cian Part­ners have en­tered into a “clin­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion” with Min­uteClinic, a Woonsocket, R.I.-based op­er­a­tor of re­tail clin­ics and a divi­sion of CVS Care­mark. The deal calls for Ad­vo­cate Physi­cian Part­ners to serve as med­i­cal direc­tors for Min­uteClinic’s 23 fa­cil­i­ties in the Chicago area and down­state Bloom­ing­ton, Ill. Signs in­form­ing pa­tients of the Ad­vo­cate af­fil­i­a­tion will be posted at those Min­uteClinic lo­ca­tions. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, this ar­range­ment in­cludes col­lab­o­ra­tion on “disease man­age­ment ini­tia­tives.” The Amer­i­can Academy of

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