Opening Plenary
The Double-Edged Sword of Health Care Integration: Consolidation and Cost-Control

2015-10-19 15.24.49Monday, October 19, 2015
4:30-6:00pm
This presentation highlights the double-edged sword of efforts to integrate health care. On the one hand, integration promises to reduce fragmentation, improve care coordination, and reduce overutilization. Integration also has a potential downside: increased health care consolidation leading to markedly higher prices and undermining cost-control.  Limits on federal antitrust enforcement create significant opportunities for states to tackle the ongoing wave of consolidation spurred by health care integration. This presentation offers states health policymakers a range of policy options to help them identify and address integration’s potential downside, while still retaining its benefits.

Keynote Speaker

PDF-icon Erin Fuse Brown, JD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

erin-fuse-brown Erin C. Fuse Brown, JD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law and a faculty member of GSU’s Center for Law, Health & Society. Her research focuses on the regulation of health care markets. She has published articles in legal and medical journals about hospital prices, medical billing and collection, as well as health care competition and market failures. She is currently working with her co-author, Jaime S. King, JD, PhD, on a project to evaluate legal and policy solutions to address the anticompetitive potential of vertical integration in health care.