The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division held their second public workshop on health care competition on February 24-25, 2015. The workshop is part of the FTC and DOJ’s commitment to periodically “step back” from the work of day-to-day antitrust enforcement to take in a broader perspective of trends in the health care industry. This workshop was intended to focus on recent developments related to health care provider organizations and payment models that may affect competition. The workshop included panels that brought together representatives from the industry, government, academia, think tanks, and the private bar. The workshop also featured remarks from policymakers, including remarks by the nation’s two top antitrust enforcers: FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer.
The workshop was held in Washington, D.C. and broadcast live over the Internet; a video recording and transcript of the event will be made available on the FTC website. But for those who can’t wait (or who don’t have two days to spend watching video), below is a quick recap of some of the ideas exchanged at the workshop and key takeaways that we see for businesses.
The workshop provided useful insights into the views of the federal antitrust regulators, and the perspectives and ideas exchanged will help inform the agencies as they continue to enforce the antitrust laws going forward.
Parties interested in submitting written comments to the DOJ and FTC relating to the workshop may do so until April 30, 2015.