New Government Portal Takes Aim at Anticompetitive Healthcare Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently launched a new online portal, This portal allows anyone to report potentially unfair and anticompetitive practices in the healthcare industry.

Why This Matters to MSPs

While not directly targeted at MSPs, this new portal could have implications for those working with healthcare providers. Here's why:

  • Increased Scrutiny: The portal signifies a government focus on identifying and addressing anti-competitive practices in healthcare. This could lead to increased scrutiny of business practices within the industry, potentially impacting partnerships between MSPs and healthcare providers.
  • Focus on Fair Wages: One specific concern highlighted is ensuring fair and competitive wages across the healthcare sector. This could lead to investigations into practices that might affect staffing costs for healthcare providers, which could indirectly impact MSPs offering services like IT staffing or HR solutions.
  • Transparency and Compliance: The portal encourages transparency within the healthcare industry. MSPs working with healthcare providers should ensure their own practices are compliant with competition laws and avoid any activities that could be seen as anti-competitive.

What MSPs Can Do

  • Stay Informed: Regularly check the FTC and HHS websites for updates on competition enforcement in healthcare.
  • Review Practices: Evaluate your current service offerings and partnerships with healthcare providers to ensure compliance with antitrust laws.
  • Seek Guidance: If unsure about the legality of a specific practice, consult with a legal professional specializing in competition law.

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