HealthLeaders Media May 15, 2019
The problems include ‘a legal shield’ enjoyed by nonprofit hospitals, and the solutions include more retrospective analysis of close calls, says Rebecca Kelly Slaughter.
The FTC is prohibited from enforcing antitrust laws against nonprofits, which poses a challenge, Slaughter said.
The commission should conduct another round of retrospective study on closed healthcare mergers, she said.
Commissioners should be ‘as aggressive as possible’ moving forward to preserve healthcare competition, she added.
Federal Trade Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter told a liberal think tank Tuesday that antitrust regulators should take a more assertive approach to protect competitive forces among healthcare providers.
Slaughter, a Democrat appointed to the FTC by President Trump and confirmed last year, made the remarks...