Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) today agreed to settle, without financial penalty or admission of wrongdoing, a 2016 Department of Justice lawsuit alleging the health system used its market power to restrict health insurers from encouraging consumers to choose providers that offer better value. “The language in question is from contracts created as long ago as 2001 and was originally added to ensure Atrium Health was provided an equal opportunity to compete for patients,” the health system said. “As the health care landscape continues to rapidly evolve, Atrium Health’s contracting language has also evolved to reflect current health care practices. Throughout the litigation, Atrium Health has shared its perspective and position with the DOJ and the North Carolina Office of Attorney General, and is pleased to be able to reach a mutually acceptable settlement agreement.”

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