AMGA opposes proposed FTC ban on noncompete agreements

The American Medical Group Association has released a letter opposing the Federal Trade Commission proposal to ban the use of noncompete agreements.

The letter argues this proposed ban would prevent multispecialty medical groups and integrated delivery systems from offering patients a team-based approach to care. It also argues the ban would preempt state laws and regulations, which are tailored to the needs of that state's healthcare markets.

"Patients benefit the most from a model that is built around care coordination and a carefully designed team-based environment," AMGA President and CEO Jerry Penso, MD, said. "The FTC should prioritize the stability of doctor-patient relationships and not move forward with a plan that could disrupt patients' care."

The FTC has argued that noncompete agreements prevent employees from switching jobs for better pay and working conditions, and make it harder for companies to hire the right talent. 

The American Hospital Association has also voiced opposition to the ban.

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