On February 24-25, 2015, the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice will host their second workshop on “Examining Health Care Competition.” The workshop will take place in Washington, D.C., and will focus on recent developments related to healthcare provider organization and payment models that may affect competition in the provision of healthcare services. Specific topics for discussion 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
  • Early observations regarding health insurance exchanges

Now is the time for you to speak up and be heard regarding your experiences. Public comments are being accepted on these topics, and we want to help you get your views out there. So, let us know if you are interested in commenting and whether we can help. We will also be reporting on the workshop, so be sure to keep an eye out for our coverage.

And if you are interested in learning about last year’s workshop, which explored current developments related to (1) professional regulation of healthcare providers, (2) innovations in healthcare delivery, (3) advancements in healthcare technology, (4) measuring and assessing healthcare quality, and (5) price transparency of healthcare services, you can check out the speakers’ presentations and what they actually said (transcript and video) and view the nearly 200 comments.