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As you continue to advocate for your patients and the NP profession, it’s crucial to have an understanding of the viewpoints, positions and legislation concerning NP practice within your state and the U.S. as a whole.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as part of its ongoing work preventing anticompetitive business practices and promoting consumer choice, evaluates state licensure regulation for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). In March 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a policy paper titled “Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses,” urging state policymakers to “be cautious when evaluating proposals to limit the scope of practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses” and noting that NPs in the health care marketplace could provide consumer and health system benefits. The policy paper sets forth recommended principles for evaluating licensure regulation.
The following APRN-related state-specific FTC advocacy filings address consumer choice and competition. Additional FTC advocacy filings on an array of health care issues can be found on the FTC website.