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Dr. Subramaniam Ramanarayanan, Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting to Speak at the Knowledge Groupís Webcast

New York, NY, October 24, 2015 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Dr. Subramaniam (Subbu) Ramanarayanan, Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Antitrust Immunity to Healthcare Collaborations: The Interplay Between State and Federal Antitrust Enforcement Authority LIVE Webcast.” This event is scheduled for November 5, 2015 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm (ET).

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About Dr. Subramaniam (Subbu) Ramanarayanan
Dr. Subramaniam (Subbu) Ramanarayanan is a member of NERA’s Antitrust and Healthcare practices and specializes in the analysis of competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions, evaluation of anticompetitive behavior as well as analysis of litigation-related issues in healthcare markets. Prior to NERA, Subbu was a member of the faculty at UCLA Anderson School of management where he was an award-winning MBA instructor and taught courses on Business Strategy and modules on Healthcare Strategy to MBA students and Executives.

About NERA Economic Consulting
NERA Economic Consulting ( is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. We bring academic rigor, objectivity, and real world industry experience to bear on issues arising from competition, regulation, public policy, strategy, finance, and litigation.

Event Synopsis:
Recently, New York amended its Partnership Plan and authorized the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) plan to reform, improve, and reduce the cost of the state’s Medicaid system. Furthermore, New York’s Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) regulations allow for state supervision of collaborative health care programs, and require the Department of Health to consult with the New York Attorney General before conferring antitrust immunity.

In April 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted a letter to the New York State Department of Health expressing 'strong concerns' about state regulations offering antitrust immunity to some healthcare collaborations under their supervision. The FTC is concerned that granting COPAs to these entities would protect them against anticompetitive conduct.

This reflects the FTC’s continued opposition to State grants of immunity from federal antitrust laws, and its intent to challenge anticompetitive transactions.
This webinar will describe recent state legislative efforts to maintain immunity for health care providers and analyze the economic trade-offs behind coming up with effective regulation that will encourage collaboration among healthcare providers while minimizing risk of anticompetitive behavior. The objective is to provide an interesting and important insight into the interplay between state and federal oversight of the healthcare industry.

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:
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