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US: Study traces states’ pro-competition healthcare goals

 |  July 21, 2014

A newly released study has traced several common themes found among states that continue to encourage competition within the healthcare industry as consolidation continues, according to reports.

The study, conducted by the National Academy of Social Insurance and by the Catalyst for Payment Reform, analyzed state laws aimed at encouraging competition between healthcare providers and hospitals. The report, “State Policies on Provider Market Power,” found that 42 states have price transparency laws regarding healthcare, and that 18 states have banned most-favored nation clauses that would block new healthcare plans from entering the market.

Further, the report found, more and more states are creating new regulatory bodies to oversee healthcare costs.

CPR Program Manager Shaudi Bazzaz, who co-authored the report, noted that while the study highlights certain trends between states and their oversight of their healthcare industries, those trends do not necessarily establish best practices, merely commonalities.

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