Second Session of the FTC/ DOJ Health Care and Competition Law and Policy Hearings Begins on Wednesday, March 26, 2003

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The second session of the Federal Trade Commission/Department of Justice joint hearings on health care and competition law and policy will begin on Wednesday, March 26 at 9:15 a.m. EST. The hearings will feature representatives of the FTC, the DOJ, the Department of Health & Human Services, the academic community, and the provider, payor, and employer communities. Topics to be discussed include: the importance of both product and geographic markets for hospitals; perspectives on single specialty hospitals; information on contracting practices; and issues in litigating hospital mergers.

The hearings will be held in the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. Persons unable to attend the session may use the dial-in numbers listed below. As the phone and/or confirmation numbers are subject to change, please check the FTC's Web site at www.ftc.gov for call-in information. Further information about the Health Care hearings and the agenda for this session is available at www.ftc.gov/ogc/healthcarehearings and at www.usdoj.gov/atr/hchearing.htm.

March 26, 2003: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dial in 1-800-720-5850
Confirmation number: 16065299
Chairperson: Bruce Jennings

March 27, 2003: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dial in 1-800-720-5850
Confirmation number: 16065301
Chairperson: Bruce Jennings

March 28, 2003: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dial in 1-800-473-8695
Confirmation number: 16065303
Chairperson: Bruce Jennings