FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2015
Adam Sachs, 301-628-5034
Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198
Supreme Court Ruling Will Discourage Anti-Competitive Practices Against Nurses
S T A T E M E N T
Attributable to ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
“The U.S. Supreme Court’s Feb. 25 decision in a state dental board anti-competition case has far reaching implications beyond dentistry and will have a significant, positive impact for nursing practice: it ensures nurses can work to the full extent of their education and training, unrestricted by unlawful anti-competitive interference.
The American Nurses Association (ANA), which joined an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the case, is pleased the Court ruled that the actions of the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners to prevent non-dentists from offering teeth-whitening services were an unlawful attempt to suppress competition. Though the case pertained to dentistry, ANA contends anti-competitive practices that restrict advanced practice registered nurses or other health care professionals from practicing to the full extent of their education and training diminishes access to care for patients, increases health care costs and reduces health care quality. ANA believes the court’s decision benefits consumers. ANA, along with others who joined in the amicus brief, expressed concern that unsupervised state regulatory boards comprised largely of professionals practicing in the field they are regulating may be prone to act in their own economic self-interest by protecting their economic markets through methods that run counter to state policy and principles of competition.
ANA commends the FTC’s vigilance and pursuit of enforcement initiatives to ensure fair economic competition benefits all Americans in the health care sector.”
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