In June 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and State of North Carolina challenged steering restrictions imposed by Atrium Health (formerly, Carolinas HealthCare System) on health insurers. According to Plaintiffs, these steering restrictions interfered with health insurers’ ability to offer innovative new products and tools that encourage patients to use lower-cost healthcare providers. The parties reached a settlement in late 2018, in which Atrium Health agreed to end the challenged conduct.

Dr. Tasneem Chipty was the DOJ’s antitrust liability expert. She submitted testimony that addressed relevant markets, Atrium Health’s market power, and the competitive effects of the challenged conduct.

The DOJ’s press release can be found here. The Final Judgement can be found here.