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Saturday, January 24, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON EXAMINING U.S. HEALTH CARE COMPETITION

From the Press Release:

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and the Federal  Trade Commission (FTC) will host a joint public workshop, Examining Health Care Competition, on Feb. 24 and 25, 2015, in the Constitution Center Auditorium located at 400  7th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20024.

The workshop will study recent developments related to  health care provider organization and payment models, with an emphasis on how  they may affect competition in the provision of health care services.  Specific discussion topics may include early  observations regarding accountable care organizations; alternatives to  traditional fee-for-service payment models; trends in provider consolidation;  trends in provider network and benefit design strategies, as well as  contracting practices and regulatory activity that may enhance or undermine  these strategies; and early observations regarding health insurance exchanges.

The workshop will be webcast live on the FTC’s  website.  Registration information, an  agenda, directions to the FTC Conference Center and a list of speakers will be  available on the event  web page.  Advance  registration is not required, but is strongly encouraged.

Public comments should be  submitted by Feb. 16, 2015, to be considered for the workshop.  Interested persons can continue to submit  comments through April 30, 2015.  Suggested comment topics, and instructions on how  to submit comments online and by mail, can be found in the Federal Register  notice.

 Reasonable accommodations for people  with disabilities who wish to attend the workshop in person are available upon  request.  Requests should be submitted  via email to lkittleson@ftc.gov or by  calling Lara Kittelson at 202-326-3388.  Requests should be made in advance.  Please include a detailed description of the  accommodation needed and provide contact information.

 

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