Monday, December 1, 2008
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
Commissioner Tom Rosch of the FTC has an interesting speech on Enforcement Strategies in the Health Care Industry that he gave at the ABA Health Law Section 6th Annual Washington Healthcare Summit.
ABSTRACT: Today I will talk about four different competition issues in the health care industry that we face in the U.S. First I will discuss the macro issue of the pros and cons of universal health care. This issue is particularly relevant with a new Administration coming into the White House in January. I think we are likely to see substantial health care reforms (regardless of which party won the election earlier this month). It is vitally important that antitrust law stay abreast of any developments in health care reform, because reform will dictate the nature of competition. This topic also ties in to the other three areas I want to cover today that are more specific to antitrust law in the health care industry: joint physician contracting, specialty hospitals, and joint buying by large pharmaceutical benefit managers.