Tuesday, May 13, 2008

FTC Holding Workshops

The FTC will host a one day workshop on “Clinical Integration in Health Care: a Check-Up” on May 29th at the FTC Satellite Conference Center in Washington D.C. The workshop will examine current activities aimed at fostering high quality, cost-effective care through collaborations among independent providers, including an examination of programs already operating as well as those in development.

The workshop participants will include physicians, hospitals, government purchasers, private health plans, and employers, as well as health policy researchers, analysts, and legal counsel. For more information contact Ken field at (202) 326-2868.

On April 24, 2008, the FTC hosted a one day workshop that examined recent trends in healthcare delivery. Workshop participants from physician and healthcare associations, industry, government, privacy groups, and academics considered competition and consumer protection issues with much of the workshop focused on access to healthcare information and innovations in HIT.

Other topics discussed included:
  • The growth of limited service or retail clinics
  • Transparency issues for healthcare price and quality information
  • Health IT provider issues including development, standard-setting, payment, and interoperability
  • Health IT consumer issues including health information privacy, and data security

For more information and how to file comments regarding topics explored at the April 24 workshop, go to www.ftc.gov/bc/healthcare/hcd/index.shtm.