Renown Health acquired the largest two cardiology practices in the Reno Nevada area, leaving it with 88 percent of the cardiologists in the geographic market. The settlement required Renown Health to suspend its non-compete agreements with the cardiologists until at least six cardiologists have terminated their employment by Renown. Renown will provide the Attorney General with advance notice of future acquisitions, implement a compliance program, and pay $550,000 to the AG office for fees and costs. The FTC had a parallel proceeding with similar relief.
In January 2005, the State filed suit against Allina Health System alleging that it conspired with St. Paul Heart Clinic (?SPHC?) and Metropolitan Cardiology Consultants (?MCC?) to monopolize the market for cardiology services in the Twin Cities area by planning a merger or comparable transaction.