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JAMA Forum: How Would the Next President Ensure Competitiveness in the Health Care Marketplace? Print E-mail
Written by Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH   
Thursday, 03 November 2016 00:00

Recently, 10 health care experts were asked to state 1 question they would ask the presidential candidates. Although they offered a variety of responses, 1 topic seemed dominant: what the next president would do to ensure competitiveness in the marketplace.

The next president must choose between dealing with the symptoms of an increasingly dysfunctional marketplace or dealing with one of the key underlying causes, namely, the market power of hospitals and health systems. If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to thrive under the next administration, the most important federal agency to ensure its success may not be the one that everyone focuses on, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Instead, it may be the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), whose work to monitor and regulate the consolidation frenzy that has taken hold among physician practices, hospitals, and hospital systems that will likely have the biggest impact on the future viability of the ACA.

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