FTC Ban on Non-Competes Complicates NFP Hospital Staffing Issues

Fitch Ratings reports that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new rule banning non-compete clauses could cause staffing issues for not-for-profit (NFP) hospitals already grappling with wage increases. The rule, which is set to take effect 120 days after its April 30, 2024, publication in the Federal Register, has already faced legal challenges. It could potentially increase wage pressure and introduce operational instability due to higher staff turnover, especially in smaller or rural NFP hospitals. The impact of the rule, if it survives court challenges, is expected to be felt in 2025. This development, along with other factors like minimum wage laws and increased scrutiny of hospital mergers and acquisitions, could sustain pressure on the sector.