On February 21, 2024, plaintiffs represented by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel completely defeated HCA Healthcare/Mission Health’s multiple attempts to get patient claims thrown out of the proposed class action lawsuit alleging the hospital giants are monopolizing hospital-based care in Asheville, North Carolina through the use of illegal anti-competitive terms in their contracts with insurers.

The lawsuit asserts that HCA Healthcare and Mission Health have restricted competition in their respective health care markets, substantially and artificially inflating health care prices paid by plaintiffs and the proposed class member health plans. The complaint states that Mission Health’s illegal practices have allowed it to reduce competition and keep its reimbursement rates to insurers higher than they otherwise would be, causing patients to pay significantly more for health insurance.

This case has garnered extensive media coverage and attention from the North Carolina Attorney General’s office, highlighting concerns over the significant decline in care quality at the hospital under HCA/Mission Health’s management.

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger of the Western District of North Carolina denied HCA/Mission Health’s motions to dismiss on all fronts. The litigation will now move forward to trial.

Learn more about the HCA Healthcare/Mission Health Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit.

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