Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses
This policy paper builds on FTC staff competition advocacy comments that focus on proposed state-level changes to statutes and rules governing the “scope of practice” of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Scope of practice rules determine the range of health care procedures and services that various health care professionals are licensed to provide under state law. In the case of APRNs, these rules establish both the range of services APRNs may deliver and the extent to which they are permitted to practice independently, or without direct physician supervision. BecausePRNs and other practitioners, including physicians, may be trained and icensed to provide many of the same health care services, scope of practice restrictions can limit he supply of those primary health care services, as well as competition between different types f practitioners.