Last week, on April 18, several federal agencies jointly launched a “one-stop shop” to facilitate reporting of allegedly anticompetitive behavior in the health care sector. While there has always been a complaint portal for the antitrust agencies, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) established the site,, to allow the public to submit complaints about potentially unfair and anticompetitive health care practices.

There is no timeframe within which reports may be submitted, as the agencies look to solicit assistance from the public in their oversight of potential antitrust violations. There is also no limitation on who can submit such reports—employees, customers, vendors, competitors, etc.

Reports will undergo a preliminary review by staff at the FTC and DOJ. Complaints that raise sufficient concern under the antitrust laws will be selected for further investigation, which may lead to formal investigation or enforcement activity by one or more of the agencies.

The portal is intended to be used only for the submission of complaints about health care competition, and not complaints about other health care issues such as failure to pay claims or cover health care services, increases in individual insurers’ rates, billing disputes, general unhappiness with the health care system, or other non-health care competition issues.

The new portal is the latest salvo in the agencies’ intensifying scrutiny of consolidation in the health care industry as part of the Biden Administration’s focus on lowering health care costs across the board, and comes on the heels of the online workshop hosted by the agencies just last month to discuss the impact of private equity ownership in the health care sector.

We covered the details of that forum, during which the agencies denounced the purported “financialization” of health care markets, in a previous blog post and client alert. In conjunction with the workshop, the agencies also issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on transactions in the health care sector involving private equity firms or similar entities. Responses to the RFI are due by May 6, 2024.

Reed Smith will continue to follow developments in FTC, HHS, and DOJ’s ongoing efforts to regulate competition in the health care sector. If you have any questions about this portal or about competition enforcement in health care or would like to submit a response to the RFI, please reach out to the authors of this post.