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| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, JULY 17, 1995
TDD (202) 514-1888
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An independent group of Pennsylvania doctors specializing in the replacement of artificial limbs and the treatment of ineffective joints and muscles will be allowed to negotiate collectively with third-party payors on behalf of its members under a proposal approved today by the Department of Justice.
The Department's Antitrust Division approved a proposal under which the Pennsylvania Orthotics & Prosthetics Enterprise, also known as POPE, will form a network of member prosthetists and orthotists in Pennsylvania. POPE will hire a management company that will negotiate contracts with third-party payors on behalf of its members.
The Department's position was stated in a business review letter from Anne K. Bingaman, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division to counsel for POPE.
Bingaman said the network's activities are not likely to be anticompetitive because:
Under the Department's business review procedure, an organization may submit a proposed action to the Antitrust Division and receive a statement as to whether the Division will challenge the action under the antitrust laws.
A file containing the business review request and the Department's response may be examined in the Legal Procedure Unit of the Antitrust Division, Room 3235, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20530. After a 30-day waiting period, the documents supporting the business review will be added to the file.