This sounds like all the usual shenanigans that everyone goes through at contract time. My group (ER docs), the anesthesiologists, the radiologists and the path guys, basically all of the hospital based groups have to hammer out the contracts all the time. If we put up too much of a fight so that the hospital stands to lose business then we become a liability and could lose our contract. This situation is fairly routine.
Anyway, I'll mosy on by to check this out later on the "Topics" forum where I'm sure it will be moved.