FTC Commissioner Pledges Hard Line on Hospital Mergers

Horizontal hospital mergers will not escape strict scrutiny from regulators in 2020, a Republican-appointed Federal Trade Commissioner said Thursday, adding the group could review mergers after the fact to determine whether they achieved the cost and quality metrics companies claimed they would. Christine Wilson said at an event sponsored by the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, a coalition that includes private payers and pro-business groups, that her agency will keep pressing on key healthcare competition stances in 2020, including repeal of state certificate of need laws. FTC will also push for more flexibility in scope of practice laws, particularly for mid-level practitioners, and for keeping biosimilars on the market.

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