Jones Day partner Ken Field named "Health Care | Life Science Trailblazer" by National Law Journal

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has named Ken Field, a partner in Jones Day's Washington Office and co-leader of the Firm's Health Care & Life Sciences Practice, to the publication's annual list of "Health Care | Life Science Trailblazers" for 2021. Through the various Trailblazers special supplements, the NLJ recognizes movers and shakers in the legal industry who have made an impact in their sector through new types of strategies or innovative court cases. The NLJ noted that Mr. Field, a trailblazer who once helped the Federal Trade Commission reinvigorate its hospital merger enforcement program, is helping to change antitrust laws regarding hospital mergers.

Among the few antitrust lawyers to lead a major health care practice, Mr. Field is known for his creative problem solving in helping health systems as they seek to grow, deliver more integrated care, and better address the health issues facing their communities. He is helping to lead a new state-level movement to drive reform, protect rural health care, and allow health systems to work with state regulators to better serve patients. New state legislation immunizes certain hospital combinations from federal antitrust laws and instead provides a new framework that empowers hospitals to work together to reduce costs, increase access and improve the quality of care under the active supervision of the state. Under this framework, the state decides whether a given hospital merger is in the public interest, and the state has authority to ensure the combination continues to benefit patients and their communities.

Building on successes in West Virginia and other states, Mr. Field led a team that helped leading west Texas systems join forces in 2020 under newly enacted Certificate of Public Advantage legislation they helped draft, an innovative strategy that has led other states to consider their own laws.

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