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Monday, December 7, 2015

Medicine Backs Bill to Help Physician-Owned Hospitals

Two Texas congressmen — U.S. Reps. Sam Johnson (R-Plano) and Ruben Hinojosa (D-Mercedes) — have filed legislation that would partially lift the ban on new physician-owned hospitals and also address restrictions on the growth of existing facilities. TMA has long opposed the ban, which was an ill-advised provision of the Affordable Care Act. We are joining with AMA and 40 other state medical associations and national specialty societies in a letter urging Congress to pass HR 2513, the Protecting Access, Competition, and Equity Act. “Physician-owned hospitals have injected much-needed competition into the hospital market, forcing traditional hospitals to improve and innovate,” the letter states. “This is a win-win for patients and for the entire health care system as we work to improve care.”

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