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Is FTC’s Noncompete Rule a Concerning Development for Physicians?

Summary of article from Medical Economics, by Amanda Hill:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a rule prohibiting noncompete clauses, potentially impacting physicians nationwide. Critics argue this rule overreaches federal authority, creates ambiguities in exceptions, and exacerbates divisions between hospitals and physicians. While some physicians support the ban, arguing noncompetes give undue leverage to hospitals, others maintain that reasonable noncompetes can protect smaller practices. The rule introduces legal uncertainties and potential conflicts, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce planning to challenge the decision. The FTC rule, despite its aim to protect the workforce, may instead cause confusion and legal disputes, potentially delaying its implementation.