April 23, 2024

Members Can Practice EM Freely as FTC Votes to Ban Non-Compete Clauses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 on Tuesday to ban non-compete clauses in future contracts and make current clauses unenforceable.

When the proposed rule was introduced last year, Immediate Past President Christopher S. Kang, MD, FACEP, expressed ACEP’s support of the ban and urged FTC to finalize the regulation as proposed to help address the current anticompetitive conditions faced by many emergency physicians.

Armed with dozens of member stories, ACEP illustrated the detrimental impact of these predatory clauses on emergency physicians that limit their right to freely practice medicine in their communities.

Last October, FTC Chair Lina Khan participated in a plenary session with ACEP members at ACEP23 in Philadelphia to hear directly from you regarding the challenges you are facing.

Last December, ACEP President Aisha T. Terry, MD, MPH, FACEP met with Jonathan Kanter, the United States Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and other key Department of Justice staff to discuss ACEP’s concerns.

And last week, ACEP President Elect Alison J. Haddock, MD, FACEP, hosted a conversation with Mr. Kanter with LAC attendees in the audience.

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