NTSP also conducted annual polls of its physicians to determine minimum reimbursement rates for use in the negotiation of managed care contracts with payers.
The FTC ruled that when physicians cast a vote on the desired minimum price for the group, they were not simply supporting past or current prices, they were telegraphing their intentions about future prices.
In addition, the matter in which NTSP utilized the minimum reimbursement schedule in its communications with payers also showed that NTSP was using the poll for much more than just an administrative or efficiency-enhancing tool.
However, 17 states and the District of Columbia have opted to raise their minimum wages above that of the federal government.
This graph shows the difference between the federal minimum wage and the minimum wage in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
In January, Hawaii's minimum wage was increased by 8 percent above its 2005 level.
Supporters argue that the numbers prove mandatory minimums work.
Now, though, some states are taking another look at mandatory minimums.
It seems to me that with respect to these drug offenders, the mandatory minimums have begun to go haywire.
Not surprisingly, the report concluded that "mandatory minimums have had no observable effect" on crime or drug availability.
All investors now must meet the new minimums when opening any new account, including accounts opened through an additional investment in the Berger Funds as well as those opened by exchanging from another Berger Fund.
28, 1996, the minimum initial investment for new Berger Funds accounts is $2,000.