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IOM Update: AORN Joins Provider Community Letters to Federal Trade Commission

Publish Date: 4/25/2012

AORN joined with many other Nursing Community organizations and the Coalition for Patients’ Rights in letters to the Federal Trade Commission encouraging the FTC to continue its efforts to investigate unfair trade practices in health care. The letter expresses support for the FTC’s recent efforts to promote competition, access and choice in health care, specifically with respect to the FTC’s formal opinions on proposed regulations and legislation affecting the use of APRNs. By responding to state-based requests to evaluate state regulatory and legislative proposals that risk patient access to quality health care, the FTC is fulfilling its duty to promote market competition and its benefits.

This is an important issue, as the IOM Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report directly called for this level of engagement by the FTC. The Future of Nursing report specifically encourages the FTC to “review existing and proposed state regulations concerning advanced practice registered nurses to identify those that have anticompetitive effects without contributing to the health and safety of the public. States with unduly restrictive regulations should be urged to amend them to allow advanced practice registered nurses to provide care to patients in all circumstances in which they are qualified to do so.”

AORN has been delighted to see the FTC’s initiatives in responding to this call to action in the Future of Nursing report and believes it will continue to be imperative for those states considering legislative and regulatory proposals that may hinder or eliminate competition and affect nursing practice to hear from the FTC on the potentially anti-competitive effects of such proposals.

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