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2022 Jaharis Symposium on Health Law & Intellectual Property Law

2022 Jaharis Symposium

Antitrust and Access to Care: Lessons from Market Consolidation and a Public Health Crisis

March 10, 2022

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (central time)

DePaul Law's Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute and Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology annually co-sponsor a symposium highlighting work at the intersection of health law, information technology, and intellectual property. 

Access issues in health care are beginning to reach crisis point. Over the past decade, corporate interests have dictated structural changes in health care markets and consumers now face more barriers than ever when it comes to obtaining affordable, quality care. In response, the Biden Administration and the newly formed White House Competition Counsel are promoting more vigorous antitrust enforcement—scrutinizing actions taken by hospitals and drug companies in particular. This year’s symposium will explore how consolidation across health care markets has impacted access to care. Prominent legal scholars, antitrust enforcers, and expert practitioners will address a range of questions:

  • How has hospital consolidation affected access to care in rural communities?
  • Will COVID-19 drive further consolidation among insurers, providers, or pharmaceutical companies?
  • Can retrospective review of previously consummated hospital mergers restore competitiveness in hospital markets?
  • What impact will the entry of massive non-health care entities, such as Amazon and Google, have on the digital health services market?
  • Is the race to consolidate between insurers and providers an inevitable consequence of the American approach to health care financing?

This year’s symposium will be presented online and in person. 
Online participants will receive a link to view the presentation just ahead of the event. In-person registration is capped at 70 attendees. All attendees must comply with DePaul University's COVID-19 policy, which requires attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated no earlier than 72 hours prior to the program. Documentation will be reviewed at check-in for the event for all guests except DePaul faculty, staff and students.

In addition, all attendees must wear a face mask at all times while inside any DePaul University building. Cloth masks alone do not meet the university’s mask requirement. DePaul highly recommends using N95 or KN95 masks. If you do not have a N95 or KN95 mask, you may double mask with a cloth mask layered over a surgical mask. A well-fitted surgical mask by itself is acceptable but not preferable. These rules are subject to change in accordance with public health guidance.
DePaul College of Law is an accredited MCLE provider, and this event is eligible for up to 7 CLE credit hours.