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Market Consolidation

How can policies protect the process of competition for the benefit of consumers, making sure there are strong incentives for businesses to operate efficiently, keep prices down, and keep quality up?

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Policy Definition: Laws at both the Federal and State level which protect consumers against business practices that would decrease competition. Antitrust laws are relevant across the entire health care system and essential to lowering/controlling costs, improving quality, and promoting innovation


Market Concentration

Policy Definition: The number of players in a market along with the amount of market share each player respectively retains.


Certificate of Public Advantage

Policy Definition: A certificate of public advantage (COPA) is a tool used by states to permit and oversee hospital mergers that create monopoly powers. source


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