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Lankford Introduces Physician-Owned Hospital Repeal Bill

Wednesday, May 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
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Washington, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has introduced legislation in the United States Senate that would repeal the Medicare ban on physician-owned hospitals. S 1133 would repeal Section 6001 of the Affordable Care Act and allow for new builds and expansions of physician-owned hospitals.

The outlook on the legislation looks mixed. Members of Congress are slowly coming around to seeing the benefits of physician-owned hospitals but the American Hospital Association still remains a powerful voice against these entities. This legislation is a companion to a House bill introduced by Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) that would also repeal Section 6001.

AAOE has been pursuing repeal of Section 6001 as a way to increase competition in local markets for healthcare, a way to reduce costs to Medicare, and to improve the quality of care provided to patients. Our latest letter on this legislation is available here.

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