Announcement of Public Workshop, "Examining Health Care Competition" ("Health Care Workshop") Project No. P13-1207 #00155

Submission Number:
00155
Commenter:
Bruce MacLeod, MD FACEP
Organization:
The Pennsylvania Medical Society
State:
Pennsylvania
Initiative Name:
Announcement of Public Workshop, "Examining Health Care Competition" ("Health Care Workshop") Project No. P13-1207
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is pleased to submit these comments in response to the Federal Trade Commission's request for comments for the Professional Regulation of Health Care Providers. In the upcoming years, the nation's primary health care needs are expected to increase steadily due to an increasing population, an escalation in the number of older adults, and the overall expansion of the number of insured under the Affordable Care Act. A solution frequently touted to meet the increased demand for primary care services is to relax regulatory requirements for advance practice nurses and other non-physician health care professionals, so that they may practice independently with the intended effect to increase competition in the health care market. This, however, is not the solution in Pennsylvania. Please see the attached letter for the full response to the FTC's request for comments. Once again, thank you for the opportunity to submit these comments.