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April 26, 2024

Federal Agencies Launch Portal for Public Reporting of Anticompetitive Practices in the Health Care Sector

On April 18, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Justice Department, and the  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched an online portal for the public to report health care practices that may harm competition. Per the announcement, “the online portal, HealthyCompetition.gov, allows the public to report potentially unfair and anticompetitive health care practices to the FTC and the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.” Complaints will undergo a preliminary review and can be referred for further action or investigation by the appropriate agency. This comes at a time when the health care industry faces numerous challenges from rising drug costs, increased drug shortages and a growing number of cyber security attacks.

In the release, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra stated that HHS and the Biden-Harris Administration “are working to tackle anticompetitive practices in the health care markets” because “Americans depend on competitive health care markets to provide quality choices and lower costs for coverage,” and the Administration and HHS “know it is our responsibility to stop monopolistic, anti-competitive practices that undermine the delivery of health care to Americans.”

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