Oltz vs St. Peters Hospital

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Otiz v. St. Peter's Case Study

Joyce Alston
Grand Canyon University: HTL-520 Legal Issues with Physicians
December 3, 2014

Tafford Oltz was a nurse anesthetist who brought an antitrust action against physician anesthesiologists and the St. Peter’s Community Hospital. This case study involved the violation of antitrust laws deriving from other anesthesiologist in the hospital who not accepted having to compete with Oltz because he was said to have charged rates that were lower and the majority of physicians wanted to use his service. The case study involved the violation of antitrust laws deriving from the law suit issued by Tafford Oltz. (Corrigan and Donaldson, 2000) Oltz was forced out of his position due to illegal competing techniques by other anesthesiology. The agreement Oltz had with St. Peter’s included an agreement with the hospital that Oltz would provide eighty-four percent of his the surgical services. Oltz made the agreement based on the fact that he would be the primary anesthetist during the term of the agreed contract. The hospital was located in a rural community that it served therefore the patient population may have caused a strain on the family to obtain her level of interest. The lawsuit revealed that the other hospital anesthesiologist conspired to and thee competing with the nurse anesthetist’s lower fees and, as a result, entered into an exclusive contract with the hospital on April 29, 1980, in order to squeeze the nurse anesthetist out of the market. This resulted in cancellation of the nurse anesthetist’s contract with the hospital. (Corrigan and Donaldson, 2000) There are many considerations that should be weighed in this case. As employment that has contractual obligations are an anesthesiologist is a physician or a nurse who is certified or licensed to care for a patient prior to, during and after a medical…...

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