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FTC staff submitted a comment to the Delaware Board of Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dispensers on its proposed regulation that would allow telepractice in those fields but require an initial in-person evaluation. Staff stated that allowing telepractice...
FTC staff submitted a comment to the Tennessee Department of Health that opposes issuing a certificate of public advantage (COPA) to Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System. If approved, the COPA could allow the merger of Mountain States and Wellmont, the two...
FTC staff submitted a comment to the Southwest Virginia Health Authority and the Virginia Department of Health opposing the cooperative agreement application submitted by Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System. “The proposed merger presents substantial risk of...
FTC staff submitted a comment to the Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition regarding its proposed telehealth regulation that would require in-person initial evaluations of patients, and then allow licensed dietitians and nutritionists to determine whether to use telehealth thereafter...
FTC staff submitted a comment to the Delaware Board of Occupational Therapy Practice on its proposed regulation that would likely facilitate the provision of occupational therapy services to Delaware consumers. The proposed regulation would allow licensed occupational therapists (OT...
FTC staff submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regarding a proposed rule that would permit the VA to grant “full practice authority” to the four main categories of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), “regardless of State or local law restrictions.”...
FTC staff and DOJ submitted a comment, in response to a request from Puerto Rico Representative Jose L. Báez Rivera, regarding potential legislation to expand the scope of practice for optometrists and allow them to use and prescribe medications to diagnose and treat diseases of the...
FTC staff submitted a comment, in response to a request from Alabama State Senator Larry C. Stutts, regarding proposed legislation that would permit any public university that operates a school of medicine to form a new type of corporation in Alabama, to be known as an “authority,”...
FTC staff submitted a comment, as public testimony, regarding proposed legislation that would allow licensed Alaska physicians located out-of-state to provide telehealth services in the same manner as in-state physicians. The comment noted that eliminating the in-state requirement...
FTC staff submitted a comment, in response to a request from Kentucky State Representative Tom Burch, on the competitive implications of proposed legislation that would license and regulate denturists within Kentucky. The comment recommended that the legislature consider the...
FTC staff submitted a comment, in response to a request from Georgia State Senator Valencia Seay, regarding proposed legislation that would broaden the types of settings under which Georgia dental hygienists are allowed to provide preventive care without direct on-site supervision by...
FTC staff submitted a comment to the FDA, in response to the FDA’s request for comment on its draft guidance addressing nonproprietary names for biological products. The comment expressed concern that the FDA draft guidance might hinder competition, and recommended that the agency...
The FTC and DOJ Antitrust Division jointly submitted a statement, in response to a request by Virginia State Delegate Kathy Byron, suggesting that Virginia consider whether its COPN program best serves the needs of its citizens. The statement explained that the agencies historically...
FTC staff submitted a comment, in response to a request by North Carolina State Representative Marilyn W. Avila, regarding the possible competitive effects of a legislative proposal to exempt diagnostic centers, ambulatory surgical facilities and psychiatric hospitals in North...
FTC staff submitted a comment to New York Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer and New York Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti regarding the possible effects of a legislative proposal that would authorize Erie County Medical Center Corporation and Westchester County Health Care Corporation to...
FTC staff submitted a comment, in response to a request by Oregon State Senator Chip Shields, expressing concern that a broad antitrust exemption proposed in Oregon Senate Bill 231A for health care collaborations was unnecessary because antitrust law already permits such efforts that...
In a comment to the New York State Department of Health, FTC staff expressed concern that New York’s COPA regulations – which purport to provide antitrust immunity to certain approved health care collaboratives – are unnecessary because antitrust law already permits health care...
FTC staff submitted a comment, in response to a request from Missouri State Representative Jeanne Kirkton, regarding legislation that would amend Missouri’s Nurse Practice Act to remove some, and impose other, constraints on collaborative practice arrangements between physicians and...
Staff submitted a comment, in response to a request by Representative Jeanne Kirkton of the Missouri House of Representatives, regarding Missouri House Bills 1481 and 1491. HB 1491 would allow APRNs to assess and diagnose patients and order diagnostic and therapeutic tests and...

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