FTC/DOJ Hearings on Health Care And Competition Law and Policy

Schedule for April 9-11, 2003 Sessions

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The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice today released a detailed schedule for the sessions of their joint hearings on health care and competition law and policy to be held April 9-11, 2003. These hearings will be held at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington DC. Morning sessions are held from 9:15 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. Afternoon sessions are held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

These specific hearings focus on hospital-related issues. The schedule is as follows:


Date Morning Session Topic

Afternoon Session Topic


Wednesday,
April 23
Health Insurance Monopoly: Market Definition Health Insurance Monopoly: Competitive Effects

Thursday,
April 24

Health Insurance Monopoly: Entry and Efficiencies

Health Insurance Monopsony: Market Definition

Friday,
April 25

Health Insurance Monopsony: Competitive Effects

Health Insurance Monopsony: Competitive Effects

Wednesday,
May 7

Health Insurance/Providers: Countervailing Market Power

Most Favored Nation Clauses

Thursday,
May 8
Physician Hospital Organizations  

The subsequent set of hearings will be held May 21 - 23, 2003 and May 29 - 30, 2003 at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. This set of hearings will focus on quality and consumer information. The schedule will be as follows:


Date Morning Session Topic Afternoon Session Topic

Wednesday,
May 21
Quality and Consumer Information: Overview Quality and Consumer Information: Overview

Thursday,
May 22

Quality and Consumer Information: Hospitals

Quality and Consumer Information: Hospitals

Friday,
May 23
Quality and Consumer Information: Physicians Quality and Consumer Information: Physicians

Thursday,
May 29
Quality and Consumer Protection: Market Entry Quality and Consumer Protection: Market Entry

Friday,
May 30
Financing Design/Consumer Information Issues Information and Advertising

As stated in the Federal Register notice announcing this event, any interested person may submit written comments responsive to any of the topics to be addressed. Comments directed at a particular subject considered during a particular session of hearings must be submitted no later than 45 days after the date of that hearing session. Comments on broader subjects within the general scope of the hearings may be submitted at any time after the publication of this notice, but no later than November 28, 2003.

Written comments should be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form. Six hard copies of each submission should be addressed to Donald S. Clark, Office of the Secretary, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Submissions should be captioned: "Comments Regarding Hearings on Health Care and Competition Law and Policy." Electronic submissions may be sent by electronic mail to healthcare@ftc.gov. Alternatively, electronic submissions may be filed on a 3-1/2 inch computer disk with a label stating the name of the submitter and the name and version of the word- processing program used to create the document.

Information about the health care hearings is available on the Web sites for the hearings, http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/healthcarehearings/ or http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/hchearing.htm and from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580.

 

Contact Information

FTC Media Contact:
Cathy MacFarlane,
Office of Public Affairs
202-326-3657
FTC Staff Contact:
David Hyman,
Special Counsel
202-326-2622
DOJ Media Contact:
Gina Talamona,
Office of Public Affairs
202-514-2007
DOJ Staff Contact:
William Berlin,
Litigation I Section
202-616-5938