Washington E-Newsletter

Neurosurgery Comments on FTC Proposal to Ban Non-compete Agreements

On April 19, the AANS and the CNS sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) supporting, in part, its proposed ban on non-compete clauses. The letter agreed with the FTC that non-competes can be anti-competitive and unduly restrict physicians’ ability to choose their employer or practice setting, stifling competition and impeding patient access to the physician of their choice. Nevertheless, the neurosurgical groups did not support a blanket prohibition on non-competes, which fails to recognize reasonable contracts to protect certain business owners’ legitimate competitive interests, notably smaller independent neurosurgical practices.

Click here to read the letter.