Neurologist: Intermountain Healthcare Barred Competition for Stroke Care

A neurologist has filed suit against Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare for allegedly causing the closure of her clinic and risking stroke patients' health to increase revenue for its emergency departments, according to a Salt Lake City Tribune report.

Nancy Futrell, MD, claims Intermountain refused to allow patients who had strokes or transient schemic attacks, or mini-strokes, to receive treatment at her outpatient center in Salt Lake City, Intermountain Stroke Center. Dr. Futrell alleges Intermountain instead wanted to reserve revenue for its hospital EDs.

By allegedly barring follow-up care for patients, Dr. Futrell claims the health system "literally has placed its [patients] at risk for stroke and subsequent complications," according to the report.

Dr. Futrell also claims Intermountain and its insurance branch, SelectHealth, conspired to drive her out of business. The outpatient center closed in March 2013. Dr. Futrell and the center had not been included on SelectHealth's provider panels since 1997.

A spokesperson for Intermountain called the allegations baseless, according to the report.

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