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Ex-hospital manager, insurer proceed with antitrust lawsuit

October 3, 2018

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — BRF and Vantage Health Plan say they’re proceeding with their antitrust lawsuit in Louisiana against Willis-Knighton Health System.

BRF tells the USA Today Network in a statement that it’s entitled to damages. The suit filed in 2015 alleges Willis-Knighton conspired through Louisiana State University’s Shreveport medical school to destroy BRF and what was then University Health Hospital Shreveport by siphoning its commercially-insured patients. Vantage is a statewide insurer and claims Willis-Knighton locked it out of the Shreveport market.

Willis-Knighton spokesman John Kyte says it denies the allegations and asked the U.S. District Court judge to dismiss the case.

On Monday, BRF turned over operation of Louisiana’s safety-net hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe that care for the poor and uninsured to a new company jointly controlled by LSU and Ochsner Health System.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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