On Wednesday, July 17, Lindsay Winninger, the former head physical therapist for the US Ski Team on the women’s World Cup circuit and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn’s private physical therapist, filed a federal antitrust lawsuit claiming Vail Health holds a monopoly in the regional physical therapy industry, reported the Aspen Times.
The lawsuit alleges that Vail Health controls 70% of the regional physical therapy market and that this gives the hospital “monopoly power to raise prices and exclude competition.”
The lawsuit further alleges that Vail Health collects “supra-competitive profits,” from its physical therapy business—20% to 40% above competitive market prices. That’s approximately US$140 per session for self-pay and more than US$300 per session under an insurance contract, as opposed to the more normal rate of US$65 to US$120 per session, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that the Vail Health’s “exclusionary conduct” has forced 3 physical therapy providers to close their local offices in the last 2 years
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