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Thanks to a recent federal district court decision, physicians and medical staff have more reason to think twice about price and other arrangements adopted by the practice associations and clinics to which they belong. For U.S. federal antitrust agencies and as held in the Perinatal case, physicians and medical
staff who belong to a physicians or medical staff association are capable under the antitrust laws
of conspiring with one another and the association. Additionally, FTC consent orders indicate
that the enforcers generally regard members of an independent practice as independent, separate
entities that are capable of conspiring with each other and others for antitrust purposes.