Henry Ford Allegiance, DOJ settle 3 years of litigation over hospital's marketing practices

Jackson, Mich.-based Henry Ford Allegiance Health ended nearly three years of litigation concerning its marketing practices with rival hospitals Friday after reaching a proposed settlement with the Justice Department.

Here are three things to know about the settlement.

1. If the proposed settlement is approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, it will settle claims Allegiance insulated itself from competition by engaging in anticompetitive marketing practices with three other hospitals.

2. The Department of Justice sued four Michigan hospital systems in June 2015, alleging that for years the systems unlawfully agreed to withhold outreach and marketing in each other's counties to limit competition. Up until Friday, Henry Ford Allegiance Health was the only hospital among the four defendants that didn't settle with the government.

3. Henry Ford Allegiance Health's proposed settlement with the DOJ requires the hospital to annually certify compliance with the terms of the final judgement; submit to compliance inspections; and reimburse the DOJ and the state of Michigan for certain litigation costs.

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