March 11, 2024
D.C. News | Tea Leaves
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has named its first chief competition officer, a new role that aims to boost competition in health care in an effort to lower rising costs and crackdown on corporate greed. The agency announced Monday that Stacy Sanders, who previously served as a counselor to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and as a Senate staffer, will work with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to focus on consolidation in the health care industry by sharing data, creating reciprocal training programs, and developing new competition policy initiatives. The appointment comes as the Biden administration has focused on cracking down on consolidation in health care, which critics say increases costs and downgrades care quality. (Articles here and here; Press release here)