Methodist Health Services v. OSF Healthcare dba St. Francis Medical CenterDate Filed: February 5, 2013
District Court: C.D. Illinois, Peoria Division – Court Case No. 1:13–cv–01054–SLD–JEH
Appellate Court: 7th Circuit Case No. 16-3791
Nature of Suit: Antitrust
Defendant Type: Provider
Plaintiff Type: Private
Court Document: https://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/illinois/ilcdce/1:2013cv01054/57330/131
In 2015, Methodist Hospital brought a $300 million antitrust suit against rival hospital system St. Francis Medical Center. In September 2016, a federal district court granted a motion for summary judgement in favor of the defendant. The court found that the exclusivity agreements St. Francis made with health insurers did not stop Methodist from competing in the market. Methodist appealed the decision to the Seventh Circuit, which affirmed the District Court decision in June 2017 (see Source blog post). Earlier in the case, the district court judge denied dominant provider OSF Healthcare System’s motion for judgment on the pleadings (reviewed under same standard as a motion to dismiss). The upshot of the opinion is that the court allowed Methodist to proceed with a product market definition that includes medical services sold to commercial health insurers, but expressly excludes the same services sold to government payers. See our blog post on the motion to dismiss as well as our post on issues of confidentiality at the summary judgment stage.