OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ Heartland Spine and Specialty Hospital of Overland Park has reached settlements with the last defendants in its federal antitrust lawsuit.
The clinic claimed that some of the largest health care operations in Kansas City had worked together to deny it managed-care contracts. The move was aimed at driving the clinic out of business.
The case attracted nationwide interest because of debates over how physician-owned clinics are affecting hospitals. Hospitals claim the operations cherry pick the most lucrative patients, leaving hospitals to cover the uninsured and emergency care.
A federal judge in October denied the hospitals' motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
Most of the settlements are confidential, and officials with those defendants declined to comment.
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