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Ballad Health participating in FTC study of COPAs

David Floyd, Johnson City Press • Oct 23, 2019 at 7:28 AM

Ballad Health will be one of two health systems that will participate in a years-long study by the Federal Trade Commission on the impact of certificates of public advantage, also called COPAs, on the quality, access, price and innovation of healthcare services.

The federal agency said in a news release Monday that it also intends to study the impact of hospital consolidation on employee wages and will be gathering patient-level commercial claims data from five health insurers: Aetna, Anthem, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Cigna Corporation and United Healthcare.

Stephanie Wilkinson in the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning said the study is relevant to Ballad Health because the hospital system is one of two recent recipients of COPAs in the U.S. The other health system included in this study is Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia.

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