Healthcare DIVE July 9, 2021
- President Joe Biden on Friday announce he would call on the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission “to enforce the antitrust laws vigorously” in healthcare and other key industries. The White House said it’s urging antitrust regulators to recognize that “the law allows them to challenge prior bad mergers that past Administrations did not previously challenge.”
- The executive order instructs antitrust regulators to “review and revise” their merger guidelines to ensure patients are not harmed by a potential tie-up.
- The rule also directs HHS to finish implementing rules on the surprise billing ban, continue to support price transparency efforts and standardize health plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace to make it easier to comparison shop.