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DOJ and FTC Introduce Website for Reporting Anti-Competitive Healthcare Practices

 |  April 18, 2024

In a concerted effort to address unfair and anti-competitive practices in the healthcare sector, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Justice Department, and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have announced the launch of HealthyCompetition.gov. This online portal aims to empower the public to report potential violations, thereby bolstering regulatory oversight and enforcement.

Unveiled on April 18, HealthyCompetition.gov provides a crucial channel for individuals to voice concerns about practices that could harm consumers and workers alike. FTC Chair Lina Khan emphasized the significance of this initiative, stating that it will enable agencies to identify and address illegal business tactics effectively.

“The launch of HealthyCompetition.gov marks a significant step in our ongoing efforts to safeguard fair competition in healthcare,” said Khan. “By soliciting input from the public, we aim to root out monopolistic behaviors that undermine the delivery of essential healthcare services.”

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra echoed Khan’s sentiments, underlining the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to promoting competitive healthcare markets and reducing costs for patients and providers. “It is our responsibility to combat monopolistic and anti-competitive practices that hinder Americans’ access to quality healthcare,” said Becerra. “The insights provided by the public will play a vital role in identifying and addressing these harmful behaviors.”

The online portal enables individuals to report potentially unfair practices directly to the FTC and the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. Complaints will undergo preliminary review by agency staff, with a focus on identifying those that raise significant concerns under antitrust laws or fall within the purview of HHS authorities. Selected complaints will then undergo further investigation, potentially leading to the initiation of formal probes.

The launch of HealthyCompetition.gov aligns with broader efforts by the Biden-Harris Administration to promote transparency, accountability, and fairness in healthcare markets. By empowering individuals to report questionable practices, the portal seeks to create a more level playing field that benefits patients, providers, payers, and workers alike.

As concerns about healthcare costs and access continue to mount, the launch of HealthyCompetition.gov signals a proactive approach by federal agencies to address systemic issues and ensure that healthcare remains affordable and accessible for all Americans.

Source: FTC