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Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop, Private Capital, Public Impact: An FTC Workshop on Private Equity in Health Care, aimed at examining the role of private equity investment in health care markets.

The FTC is dedicated to fostering competition in health care markets. In recent years, the Commission has become increasingly concerned about the effects of private equity investment in this sector. We are convening a workshop bringing together experts and affected individuals to discuss their insights. The workshop will consist of several panels and feature remarks from government officials, academics, economists, and practitioners, as well as members of the public who have experienced, first-hand, the effects of private equity investment in the health care system.

The workshop will take place virtually and will be livestreamed on the FTC’s website.

  • Agenda

    Tuesday, March 5

    12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

    Opening Remarks

    Lina M. Khan 
    Chair, Federal Trade Commission 

    Jonathan Kanter
    Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice 

    Christi A. Grimm
    Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services 

    Jonathan Blum
    Principal Deputy Administrator & Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

    Keynote Address

    Eileen Appelbaum, PhD
    Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research

    1:15 – 1:55 p.m.

    Panel One – The Human Impact of Private Equity in Health Care

    Moderator: Tamar Katz
    Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission

    Anonymous Registered Nurse
    Rural Community Hospital Nurse 

    Brian Alexander
    Journalist and Author 

    Jonathan Jones, MD, FAEEM
    President, American Academy for Emergency Medicine 

    Karen Simonton, CFA
    CEO, The OrthoForum Founding Member, Coalition for Patient Centered Care

    Joe Thon, RN
    Critical Care Nurse

    1:55 – 2:10 p.m.


    2:10 – 2:15 p.m.


    Alvaro Bedoya
    Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

    2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

    Panel Two – Buyouts in Health Care: Who Wins, Who Loses?

    Moderator: Laura Alexander
    Deputy Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission 

    Brendan Ballou
    Author & Special Counsel, Department of Justice 

    Erin Fuse Brown, MPH
    Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law
    Director, Center for Law, Health & Society
    Georgia State College of Law 

    Joseph Dov Bruch, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences
    University of Chicago 

    Zirui Song, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor of Health Care Policy & Medicine
    Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
    Director of Research, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

    3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

    Fireside Chat

    Peter F. Neronha
    Attorney General, Rhode Island 

    Rebecca Kelly Slaughter
    Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

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