Tag Archives: Competition

New RWJF Funding Opportunities Promote Access To Health Data For Researchers And Others

A few recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) efforts reflect its evolving interest in promoting access to health data of various types. For its new Health Data for Action program, it partners with athenahealth and the Health Care Cost Institute.

May 17, 2017

How Do You Measure The Health Of Health Care Markets?

The goal of the Healthy Marketplace Index, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was to come up with timely measures that reflected important attributes of health care markets—such as prices and provider consolidation.

November 12, 2015

Ensuring Timely Approval Of Generic Drugs

Having saved US consumers over $1.5 trillion in the past decade, generic drugs are one of the most cost-effective interventions in our entire health care system. Using generic drugs instead of brand-name drugs, when a generic is available, has been shown to increase medication adherence and...

March 24, 2015

Price Transparency: Removing The Blindfold

Shopping for health care is like shopping blindfolded in Macy’s, says noted health care economist Uwe Reinhardt -- consumers don’t know what they are buying or how much it will cost until they have paid and gone home. Moreover, consumers are not the only ones affected by the lack of...

March 11, 2015

Go Slow On Reference Pricing: Why The Federal Agencies Have It Wrong On Regulations

Despite concerns outlined in our previous post on reference pricing, federal oversight agencies essentially have taken a hands-off approach. First, they announced that for large group and self-insured plans, the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) annual maximum limits on out-of-pocket costs do not...

March 9, 2015

Go Slow On Reference Pricing: Not Ready For Prime Time

Editor's note: This post is part one of two on reference pricing.  The use of reference pricing by health insurers and employee health benefit plans stands high on the policy and regulatory agenda because it is gaining popularity, particularly now that federal agencies have blessed its use...

March 9, 2015

From The Supreme Court: A Strong Endorsement Of Health Care Competition

The Supreme Court has spoken by a 6-3 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing an opinion for the Court joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.  In a strong, clear voice, the Court upheld the enforcement of a major federal statute against a state...

March 2, 2015

How To Restore The Innovation Ecosystem For Medical Technology

The recent February issue of Health Affairs, which features a series of articles on innovation, provides us with an opportunity to examine the state of America’s innovation ecosystem for medical technology. This ecosystem has produced a myriad of medical advances, ranging from advanced imaging...

February 10, 2015

Competition In Health Care Markets

In this post, I want to focus on the key role economic analysis plays in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s health care enforcement program. I use this lens to look first at how the FTC has become more successful in challenging hospital mergers, and then to rebut the notion that the...

January 26, 2015

Beyond Law Enforcement: The FTC’s Role In Promoting Health Care Competition And Innovation

By now, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) law enforcement efforts in the health care area are well known. We have successfully challenged several hospital and physician practice mergers in the last few years. We also continue to pursue anticompetitive pharmaceutical patent settlements,...

January 26, 2015