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.

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