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Howard Iwrey to Address Michigan State Bar Health Care Law Section Annual Meeting

Will Speak on Antitrust Issues Impacting Clinically Integrated Physician Networks

September 3, 2013

Howard B. Iwrey, Bloomfield Hills-based member and leader of the Firm’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice, is scheduled to address the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 4, 2013. This all-day meeting (10:30am-6:30pm) will take place at the Detroit Athletic Club in downtown Detroit.

Iwrey, joined by three other practitioners from the health care and legal industries, will participate on a panel, “Clinically Integrated Networks—What They Are, How They Work and the Antitrust and Tax Issues that Need to be Navigated,” that will be presented to the plenary session of the Health Care Law Section.

Clinical Integration—which can be created within a physician-hospital organization, an independent practice association or as a subsidiary of the health system (with member physicians signing separate legal agreements to participate)—is used to negotiate and handle payer contracts for a defined network of providers.

Iwrey will address antitrust issues that Clinically Integrated Networks (CIN) can face: including price-fixing and other restraints of trade, that can bring scrutiny and enforcement from such federal agencies as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or Department of Justice (DOJ). Iwrey will detail the features of clinical integration that help to ensure that networks are deemed to be efficiency-enhancing joint ventures for the purposes of the antitrust laws, and are therefore able to jointly negotiate with payers.

To learn more about the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section and its Annual Meeting, click here.