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U.S. Senate passes bill requiring prescription drug ads to include prices

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed (85-7) the fiscal year 2019 minibus appropriations bill (H.R.6157) that would fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education, attaching to it a large amendment package.  The bill includes S.Amdt. 3964, an amendment introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that provides

New FCC Task Force Gearing Up to Encourage Broadband-Enabled Healthcare Solutions

Last week the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced that its latest broadband focused healthcare project—the CONNECT2HEALTHFCC Task Force—was preparing to hold its first meetings to seek “broad and meaningful input” from stakeholders.  What remains to be seen is how this latest approach to solving the problem of improving consumer access to medical care through technology

New FTC Economist Signals Focus on Healthcare

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced the appointment of Martin Gaynor as the Director of the Bureau of Economics to begin on October 1. Gaynor’s appointment signals that the FTC is not letting up in the attention it gives to competition issues in health care. Gaynor’s career has been dedicated primarily to studying the economics of

Supreme Court tightens the scope of antitrust immunity in government-owned hospital mergers

In a unanimous and favorable decision for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Supreme Court found that the state action immunity doctrine does not shield Phoebe Putney Health System’s acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital from antitrust scrutiny, sending the parties back to FTC administrative litigation to battle over the legality of the hospital merger. The