FTC Commish Calls For War On Hospital Construction Laws

Law360, Washington (May 29, 2015, 11:47 AM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen on Friday urged the antitrust agency to put pressure on state legislatures around the country to scrap laws requiring state approval for the construction of new hospitals, saying the laws are "anti-competitive" in nature and create barriers for new market entrants.

So-called certificate-of-need laws serve only to shelter incumbent health care companies from the threat of new competitors and, in turn, lead to substantially higher expenditures, Ohlhausen said in a speech at George Mason University Law School in which she urged the FCC to "re-ignite" its statehouse advocacy campaign against the laws that have been...

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