FTC proposing new rule that would ban employers from imposing noncompetes on workers

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is working with our members and stakeholders to assess the implications of the draft rule and how it will impact patients and their clinicians. Although prohibited in some states, North Carolina does not currently limit the use of noncompete agreements for clinicians. One of our biggest concerns is that noncompete clauses can impact how and where a clinician may practice after separating from an employer or practice, which subsequently can restrict patient access to their established clinicians. As referenced in the NCMS vision statement we are always dedicated to the sanctity and continuity of the clinician-patient relationship. This support extends to ensuring patients are allowed choice when it comes to seeing their clinician.  As drafted, the proposed rule has the potential of impacting patients across the state, regardless of their county of residence, and would create significant change in the health care sector. The NCMS will continue to seek better understanding of the full implications of the draft rule and will closely monitor any further actions taken.