- The settlement resolves two antitrust lawsuits pending in state court involving a dispute over Sutter Health’s approach to contracting with insurance companies as an integrated system. The first is a class action lawsuit brought in 2014 on behalf of various group health plans that provide for employees’ and members’ health insurance, known as self-funded payers. The second is a lawsuit brought by the California Attorney General in 2018.
- There is no admission of wrongdoing on the part of Sutter Health, and no court has found that Sutter Health violated any laws.
- There were no claims that Sutter Health’s contracting practices with insurance companies affected patient care or quality. In fact, Sutter’s quality of care is nationally recognized, with the majority of hospitals and care facilities outperforming state and national averages in many measures of quality.
- Sutter Health was able to resolve this matter in a way that enables the organization to maintain its integrated network and ability to provide patients with access to affordable, high-quality care.