FTC Staff Comment to South Carolina Representative Jenny A. Horne regarding House Bill 3508 and 3078 on Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Regulations

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Summary

FTC staff submitted a comment, in response to a request from South Carolina State Representative Jenny A. Horne, on the competitive impact of legislative proposals to modify the supervision requirements imposed on South Carolina APRNs. One bill would impose additional supervision requirements, while another would remove some supervision requirements. The comment stated that undue regulatory restrictions on APRN practice can impose significant competitive costs on patients and third-party payors, and may frustrate the development of innovative and effective models of team-based health care. FTC staff urged the legislature to avoid restrictions on APRN practice that are not narrowly tailored to address well-founded patient safety concerns and to consider the potential benefits of enhanced competition by APRNs, including lower costs, additional innovation, and improved access to health care.