The FTC has become increasingly interested in the competition in the healthcare sector. The FTC held a workshop on March 20 and 21, 2014 to more closely examine fives areas related to healthcare competition that are of interest to the Commission. As previously described by the FTC, these issues included:
1) Professional regulation of health care providers - The FTC has long been interested in the professional regulation of health care providers. The workshop will bring together experts to discuss developments relating to accreditation, credentialing, licensure, and scope of practice, and the ways in which these regulatory tools may affect competition and consumers.The workshop was recorded. The materials are available here: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/2014/03/examining-health-care-competition (scroll down to the Event Details section).
The FTC also announced on May 5, 2014 that it was extending the comment period to May 16, 2014.
See Press Release, FTC Extends Public Comment Period for Healthcare Competition Workshop Through May 16, 2014, FTC (May 5, 2014), available at https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/05/ftc-extends-public-comment-period-healthcare-competition-workshop?utm_source=govdelivery.
See Press Release, FTC to Host Public Workshop Examining U.S. Health Care Competition (Feb. 14, 2014), available at https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/02/ftc-host-public-workshop-examining-us-health-care-competition.
FTC, Events Calendar: Examining Health Care Competition, https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/2014/03/examining-health-care-competition (last visited May 5, 2014).
Posted by Tatiana Melnik May 5, 2014.