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SCHIP: Doctor-owned hospitals win

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, February 5, 2009

One group that's celebrating the long-awaited bill expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program: The Physicians Hospitals of America, which represents doctor-owned hospitals. The group was fighting a version of the bill that would have curbed expansion of these hospitals by prohibiting Medicare payments to new ones and restricting expansion of existing ones. The restrictions were the brainchild of California Rep. Pete Stark, who has criticized such facilities as cherry pickers of lucrative patients, among other things.