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FTC Commissioner Criticizes Proposed Legislation That Would Permit Health Providers to Negotiate Jointly with Health Insurers

In a February 26 speech before the Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Olhausen expressed strong opposition to proposed legislation that would create an antitrust exemption for collective...more

Interagency Initiative Targets Consumer Fraud in the ACA Exchange Marketplace

Yesterday, the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an interagency initiative to prevent consumer fraud and...more

UK Launches Motor Insurance Market Investigation

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the UK’s private motor insurance market to the Competition Commission (CC) for an-depth investigation because it suspects that the market may not be working well for motorists. It...more

FTC Bars Texas Physician Group from Joint Price Negotiations

On May 10, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an independent practice association representing 900 physicians in the Amarillo, Texas, area agreed to enter in to an FTC Consent Order barring it from jointly...more

Healthcare Sector Comes Under Increased Government Antitrust Scrutiny

In May 2010, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Christine Varney, referred to the essential role that antitrust has in preserving and protecting competition,...more

P&C Insurers Are Not “PHR Vendors” Under FTC HITECH Rule

The Federal Trade Commission's (“FTC”) Health Breach Notification Rule (“Rule”) requires vendors of “personal health records” (“PHR vendors”) to notify consumers and the FTC in the event that the security of personally...more

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