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Monday, September 13, 2010

TMA BACKS PHYSICIAN-OWNED HOSPITALS' SUIT

TMA filed an amicus curiae brief (PDF) in federal district court that supports a lawsuit seeking to overturn the new health system reform law’s restrictions on physician ownership of hospitals. We put our weight behind a federal lawsuit against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by Physician Hospitals of America and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital. “Physician hospitals have endured bullying by their non-physician-owned competitors for years,” the brief says. “Unfortunately, under pressure from non-physician-owned hospital giants, the government has impermissibly banned the future development of physician-owned hospitals. There is no justification for targeting the class of physicians in this way. No other class of professionals is discriminated against in this way.

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