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DOJ Introduces Task Force on Health Care Monopolies and Collusion

Summary of article from King & Spalding, by Catherine Behnke:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the establishment of a Health Care Monopolies and Collusion (HCMC) Task Force. This initiative is part of the Biden administration’s broader effort to enhance antitrust enforcement in the health care sector, including measures aimed at increasing transparency, promoting competition, and curbing corporate greed. The HCMC Task Force will identify and address monopolistic and collusive practices that contribute to rising health care costs and decreased quality of care. The Task Force will focus on issues such as payer-provider consolidation, serial acquisitions, labor and quality of care, medical billing, health care IT services, and misuse of health care data. The HCMC Task Force will include a multi-disciplinary team of civil and criminal prosecutors, economists, health care industry experts, technologists, data scientists, investigators, and policy advisors.