- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A federal judge says an antitrust lawsuit can go to trial against the regional competitor of LSU’s Shreveport hospital.

The Willis-Knighton Health System had asked District Judge Elizabeth Foote to throw out claims made by the foundation which runs LSU’s Shreveport and Monroe hospitals. The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana claims Willis-Knighton is trying to take its paying patients and university-affiliated doctors.

Willis-Knighton says it plans to operate LSU clinics for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

The Times (https://bit.ly/1j0QsTx ) reports that Foote has denied Willis-Knighton’s motion to dismiss the suit. She said it isn’t clear whether commercially insured patients would move to Willis-Knighton or whether University Health-Shreveport could recover damages for any harm from such transfers.

The foundation contends that losing paying patients could cost it up to $20 million.


Information from: The Times, https://www.shreveporttimes.com

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