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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Announce Agenda for Public Workshop on Examining U.S. Health Care Competition

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued the agenda for their joint public workshop, Examining Health Care Competition, which will be held on Feb. 24 and 25, 2015, at 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 will 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 and directions to the FTC Conference Center are available on the event web page.  Advance registration is not required, but is strongly encouraged.

Public comments can be submitted 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.                                                                                                                 

Press contacts:

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs
Emily Pierce

Federal Trade Commission

Office of Public Affairs
Betsy Lordan

Staff contacts:

Department of Justice

Antitrust Division, Office of Legal Policy
Patrick M. Kuhlmann

Federal Trade Commission

Office of Policy Planning
Stephanie A. Wilkinson

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Updated February 4, 2016