FTC reviews ways to improve competitiveness of health care quality information

At a Federal Trade Commission roundtable discussion, a panel of experts discussed how quality information affects purchaser selection of health care providers and treatments, and ways to enhance the competitive significance of health care quality information.


Since the issuance in 2004 of the joint FTC/Department of Justice report, "Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition," the importance of issues arising from the application of competition and consumer protection law to health care has increased significantly. The FTC plays an important role in various health care markets through its mission of maintaining competition and protecting consumers. Accordingly, the Commission seeks to explore further the competitive significance of qualitative health care information from the purchasers' viewpoint.


(SOURCES: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, October 30, 2008; FTC, http://ftc.gov, accessed November 2, 2008)