October 16, 2019

The California Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it had reached a settlement agreement with Sutter Health over alleged anti-competitive practices in Northern California, abruptly ending a much-anticipated legal trial unfolding in San Francisco.

A spokesperson for the California DOJ said: “We cannot comment further until the final agreement is approved by the court.”

In a meeting with reporters ahead of the trial, Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his goal was to end to a number of Sacramento-based Sutter practices, including a contract provision that prevented insurers from paying incentives to doctors to steer patients toward providers offering services that were less expensive but equal to or better in quality.

The complete article can be accessed at The Sacramento Bee.