Judge dismisses lawsuit against New Mexico health provider

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. district judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of cancer doctors against a New Mexico health care provider after she found no violations of federal antitrust laws.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that New Mexico Oncology and Hematology Consultants Ltd. filed the lawsuit in 2012 after a long relationship ended between Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the company.

Judge Martha Vazquez has ruled last month that there is no evidence Presbyterian engaged in anti-competitive conduct.

Officials say the lawsuit alleges that Presbyterian retaliated against the doctors after it built an oncology clinic in Albuquerque by pressing patients to change doctors and seek care elsewhere among other actions designed to hurt business at the New Mexico Cancer Center.

Presbyterian officials have denied the allegations against them.

Officials say Presbyterian has the largest health care delivery system in the state and insures hundreds of thousands of state residents.

Officials say the New Mexico Cancer Center has established several statewide satellite offices and is run by former American Medical Association Barbara McAneny.