Friday, July 23, 2004

FTC/DOJ: Abolish CON laws.

It had to happen sooner or later: One of the mainstays of federal health care policy for 20 years -- state Certificate of Need (CON) laws -- are now being vilified by the joint FTC/DOJ task force on competition in health care. The group also counseled states not to pass laws that authorize collective bargaining by physicians (too late, in the case of Texas, but our law is so cumbersome and intrusive that it has been virtually a dead letter since its enactment) and was critical of state regulation of pharmacy benefit managers and state-mandated health insurance benefits.

The DOJ/FTC report was issued today and can be found here.
posted by tommayo, 9:29 AM

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