FTC Wary Of Conn. Health Plan Joint Negotiation Bill

Law360, New York (June 7, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT) -- A proposal in Connecticut to allow doctors in the state to jointly negotiate rates with health plans would harm competition and hurt consumers, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

Responding to a request for comment from a pair of Connecticut state legislators, staff at the FTC said a proposed state law, meant to let physicians join forces to negotiate reimbursement rates paid by health insurers, would likely benefit only doctors in the state and restrain competition in the state's health care market.

“FTC staff are concerned...
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