American Nurses Association
Announcement of Public Workshop, "Examining Health Care Competition" ("Health Care Workshop") Project No. P13-1207
ANA Comments to FTC with respect to Health Care Competition The American Nurses Association (ANA) welcomes the opportunity to provide comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on its' recent public workshop "Examining Health Care Competition." As the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses (RNs), ANA is privileged to represent its state and constituent member associations, organizational affiliates, and individual members. RNs serve in multiple direct care, care coordination, and administrative leadership roles, across the full spectrum of healthcare settings. ANA members also include advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) such as nurse practitioners (NPs), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse-midwives (CNMs). ANA applauds the FTC on the publication of "Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses," which builds on the FTC state level competition advocacy comments regarding proposed legislation that restricts access to APRN practice and care. ANA supports the removal of barriers and discriminatory practices that interfere with full participation by APRNs in the health care delivery system. FTC's competition advocacy acknowledges that mandatory physician supervision requirements restrict consumer access to high quality, cost effective APRN care. The complete comments are elaborated in the Attachment, ANA FTC Comments.pdf.