It looks like a controversial moratorium on expanding and building physician-owned hospitals — aka POHs — could be repealed.
That’s the good news. The better news is that a bill moving its way through Congress to put that repeal in motion has the support of more than 50 medical organizations, including TMA. We’re also talking about the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and multiple state medical societies.
In a letter to federal lawmakers, the organizations encourage lawmakers to pass the “Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017.” That very letter also lays out the benefits of POHs and dispels any nagging concerns.
“Consumer Reports magazine reported that hospitals run by physicians have been shown to run more efficiently and have higher quality patient outcomes than those run by non-physicians or appointed boards,” the letter said. “And these hospitals are not just providing high-quality care and contributing to local economies — they are saving the government money. An analysis by Avalon Health Economics found POHs are saving Medicare $3.2 billion over 10 years.”
As always, stay tuned. We’ll let you know how this one comes out.
Action, June 1, 2017
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June 19, 2018