LSU hospital manager slaps competitor with federal lawsuit
BATON ROUGE - The operator of LSU's Shreveport hospital is suing a competitor, accusing it of violating federal antitrust laws and trying to take away its doctors and paying patients.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday by the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, or BRF. It is an outgrowth of continuing tensions with LSU since the foundation took control of the university's Shreveport and Monroe hospitals in 2013.
BRF says plans to have LSU doctors working at Willis-Knighton Health System clinics will give Willis-Knighton a monopoly in the market, driving up health costs.
Monroe-based insurance company Vantage Health Plan also joined the lawsuit, claiming Willis-Knighton has refused to offer the insurer reasonable contract terms.
Willis-Knighton didn't comment on the lawsuit, but issued a statement saying it doesn't respond to other health providers' actions.