NJ health system hit with antitrust lawsuit over property purchases

By Piper Hudspeth Blackburn (September 9, 2022, 8:05 p.m. EDT) – A New Jersey health care system has faced an antitrust challenge that alleges a multi-pronged conspiracy to monopolize medical care in the region and push its rival to bankruptcy, especially in Hudson County.

The 69-page lawsuit, filed Tuesday by CarePoint Health, accuses RWJBarnabas Health Inc. of violating federal and state antitrust laws through a years-long effort “in conspiracy with others, to destroy competition and monopolize the supply of general hospital acute care services”. and related health care services in northern New Jersey. »

In particular, the so-called “network of intertwining schemes” aimed “to destroy the three hospitals operated by…

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