Sutter Health, which operates hospitals and clinics in northern California, has agreed to pay $575 million to settle accusations that it engaged in anti-competitive practices, the California attorney general’s workplace said on Friday.
The payment will go to employers, organizations, and others in class action and to pay legal fees and different costs, the assertion stated.
As a part of the settlement, Sutter agreed to restrict some out-of-insurance-network charges to forestall big, surprise payments, provide more access to pricing data, and make other modifications to business practices, the attorney general’s office mentioned in a statement.
Sacramento stationed Sutter Health mentioned in a statement that it admitted no wrongdoing.
“We could resolve this matter in a way that allows Sutter Health to take care of our integrated network and talent to offer patients access to inexpensive, high-quality care,” the corporate stated.
The two sides had declared a settlement in October as they were about to go to trial; however, they gave no details at the moment. The case started as a class-action suit brought by employers and organizations that were later joined by California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
“When one healthcare provider can dominate the sector, those who bear the cost of care — patients, insurers, employers — are the biggest losers,” Becerra stated.
“This first-in-the-country comprehensive agreement ought to send a clear message to the sectors: if you’re seeking to pack for any reason other than effectivity that delivers better quality for a lower cost, think again,” he stated.