Increasingly, hospitals have merged to form dominant health systems that can exert market power and charge anticompetitive prices that increase health care prices and burden the economy. A recent series of Milbank Memorial Fund issue briefs by researchers from the Source for Healthcare Price on Competition identified specific state policies and practices that can deter health care provider concentration, including improved merger review, oversight of anticompetitive conduct, and bans on potentially anticompetitive contract terms that apply to health insurers and providers.
On October 21 at 3 p.m., ET, the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Source will host a free one-hour webinar on steps that states are taking to foster more competitive health care markets and lower health care prices. Speakers will include:
- Katherine L. Gudiksen, Senior Health Policy Researcher, The Source for Healthcare Price and Competition
- Victoria Veltri, Executive Director, State of Connecticut Office of Health Strategy
- Rep. Andrea Salinas and Sen. Debra Patterson, Oregon State Legislature
- Moderator: Rachel Block, Program Officer, Milbank Memorial Fund