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Physician hospitals rank as some of the best hospitals in America...

But they operate alongside more established hospitals that do not appreciate the value physician hospitals provide to their communities. In fact the hospital establishment is actively trying to prevent physicians from owning hospitals. Simply the establishment would rather not compete – and they have gone to Congress to make sure they don’t.

This is the story of David and Goliath...

Of the almost 6,000 hospitals nationally, there are only 220 physician hospitals. While one would think the other 5,750 hospitals would not be threatened, that is not the case as they don’t like being outperformed by such wide margins when it comes to the delivery of quality care at lower cost.

The 220 physician hospitals are in only 32 states so there is not nearly the political reach that the establishment enjoys. That’s why when the hospital establishment went to Congress during the Affordable Care Act (ACA) debate, they lent their support to the effort so long as the legislation shut down, or at least greatly stymied the physician hospitals.  Lost throughout the debate were patients, who deserve not to just have a choice of who their doctor is, but a choice in the hospital that treats them.

Not surprising, but politics ruled the day and Section 6001 became part of the ACA.

Section 6001 prohibits any new physician hospital from participating in Medicare and Medicaid...

Physicians want to serve their entire community so this has had a chilling effect on any new development of physician hospitals. The ACA also prohibits existing physician hospitals from expanding their services and capacity, even if there is an established, growing demand in the community. Many physician hospitals are at capacity and the law prevents these hospitals from accepting additional patients.   So less Americans have access to the highest quality and lowest cost hospitals. This directly conflicts with the stated goals of the ACA.

The economic impact is vast...

Most current physician hospitals have the need to expand today.  They can’t.  At the time the ACA passed Congress, there were over 80 projects that were under construction or in the planning stage.  These projects would have created tens of thousands of jobs and spent billions into the economy. They were all stopped in their tracks.

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Physician hospitals are fighting back and we need to help of our patients to ensure they have access to the hospital of their choice. 

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