PHA Backs Repeal of Ban on Physician-Owned Hospitals
AHA has raised questions about financial conflicts of interests and the safety of physician-owned hospitals. PHA claims that the restrictions are about eliminating competition.
AHA, FAH, and others have complained to Congress that physician-owned hospitals cherrypick healthier, insured patients for higher reimbursement, and that self-referrals threaten community hospitals' ability to provide services such as emergency departments, NICUs, and burn units.
Critics of physician-owned hospitals also point to a Congressional Budget Office report showing that cutbacks to physician-owned hospitals could save more than $2 billion for 10 years. Proponents of the physician-owned hospitals say the numbers are off-base.
There are 275 physician owned hospitals in 33 states that provide general acute care, long-term acute care, emergency medicine, multispecialty, women's, children's, rehabilitation and psychiatric.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- Healthcare Leaders Seek Strategic Sweet Spot
- CMS Issues Health Insurance Exchange Proposed Rules
- MGMA: Physician Compensation Increasingly Based on Quality Measures
- Physician Pay Will Soon Depend on Outcomes
- Data Collaborative Taps Predictive Analytics to Coordinate Care
- 3 Reasons Wellness Programs Fail
- Aggressive End-of-Life Care Easing in Hospitals
- HFMA: Patient Financial Interaction Guidelines Sharpened
- Immigration Bill Lowers Hurdles for Foreign-Born Docs
- Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion