At Emergency Med Conference, FTC Chair Decries Vertical Integration

PHILADELPHIA — Lina Khan, chair of the Federal Trade Commission, told attendees at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly on Oct. 11 that the FTC is paying close attention to so-called vertical integration in the health care industry.

“The FTC for decades, before I even arrived, had really been focused on what are known as horizontal mergers, between hospitals in particular,” she said. “But we’ve seen over the last decade that the tactics are changing. We are increasingly seeing not just the merger of alike, but also the merger of different entities within the same supply chain, what’s known as vertical integration.”

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Tim has been a reporter and editor for newspapers, websites and magazines for more than 20 years, including 10 years covering health care business topics. He has a deep knowledge of the managed care industry and pharmacy benefit management. He also has experience covering medical conferences and clinical and legislative health care issues. In 2014, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing selected Tim as one of 15 journalists to participate in a national symposium on the Affordable Care Act. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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