Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer evening course on healthcare antitrust, June 23 - 26

Mark Botti, who has over 25 years of antitrust experience in both the government  and private sector, will be teaching a 4-evening course on healthcare antitrust as part of the Washington College of Law's Health Law & Policy Summer Institute. Information about the course and how to register is

Course Title: Current Antitrust Topics in the Evolving Healthcare Marketplace

Course Schedule: June 23 - 26, 6 pm - 9:15

Course Location: American University Washington College of Law

Course Description: The US healthcare marketplace has long raised distinctive antitrust challenges, and the Affordable Care Act has, if anything, exacerbated tensions between antitrust
regulators and the healthcare industry. For example, increased consolidation
among hospitals and other providers can be seen as a necessary response to the
ACA’s emphasis on improved quality and efficiency or a threat to competition and
patient access and choice. This tension has led to a string of recent challenges
by the FTC over the past 3 years that have forced courts to grapple with novel
legal and policy questions. New questions have also been raised by reverse
payment settlements between branded and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers;
the creation of accountable care organizations; and innovative integration of
health plans and physicians and hospitals through merger, acquisition and joint
venture.  This course will examine these and other topics in order to prepare
participants to work in this dynamic area of healthcare law.

Day 1: Sherman Act s. 1 and horizontal arrangements

Day 2: Sherman Act s. 2 and vertical arrangements

Day 3: Clayton Act s. 7 and mergers and acquisitions

Day 4: Future Directions for healthcare and antitrust policy

Open to Students and Professionals: This course is open to students seeking academic credit and
professionals seeking CLE credit (or who are just interested in the topic). Law students can register through the Washington College of Law's Office of the Registrar. Professionals can contact contact Matt Pierce ( or go to

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