Hospital Monopolies Turn Thoughtful Solution on Rural Hospital Access Into a Debate on Physician Ownership

May 9, 2024

As consolidation, rising costs, and decreasing access to physicians and hospitals spiral out of control, special interest groups would rather let a hospital close than allow physicians to serve their community.  PHA commends Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) for introducing a thoughtful approach to address rural hospital closures through HR 8246, the “Second Chances for Rural Hospitals…

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Expansion of Physician-Led Hospitals Gains Steam on Capitol Hill

February 13, 2024

Congress’ push to eliminate the ban on physician-led hospital growth continued at the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee’s January 31 hearing on “Health Care Spending in the United States: Unsustainable for Patients, Employers, and Taxpayers.” The hearing featured two new twists: Click here to view the hearing’s video. The Democrat Angle: Another Member…

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New Study: Physician-Led Hospitals Could Have Saved Medicare $1.1 Billion in 2019

October 23, 2023

The Latest in a Series of Studies Demonstrating Physician-Led Hospital Quality and Value for Patients Last week’s study finding that physician-led hospitals could have saved Medicare $1.1 billion for the 20 most expensive diagnostic related groups (DRGs) in 2019 is the latest in a continuous flow of studies emphasizing the low costs, high quality and…

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PHA Supports Burgess Legislation That Would Address Physician-Led Hospital Expansion

October 18, 2023

WASHINGTON – Physician-Led Healthcare for America (PHA) applauds the introduction of HR. __ (To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to revise certain physician self-referral exemptions relating to physician-owned hospitals) by Congressman Michael Burgess, MD. The legislation would enhance access to high quality and lower cost healthcare for Americans. Specifically, it would empower…

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Eighty-Five National and State Medical Societies Urge Congress to Lift the Ban on Physician-Led Hospitals

July 28, 2023

The American Medical Association, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association and American College of Cardiology Joined the Coalition Calling for an End to the Ban on Physician-Led Hospitals Washington – A coalition of 85 national and state medical societies urged Congress in a July 27, 2023, letter to lift…

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Congressional Committee Hearing Recognizes the Importance of Physician-Led Hospitals to Address Consolidation

May 17, 2023

Chairman Vern Buchanan Called on Congress to Repeal the Moratorium on Physician-Led Hospitals Washington, DC – Vern Buchanan (R-FL), the chairman of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health, called on Congress to repeal the moratorium on physician-led hospitals in the May 17, 2023, Hearing on Why Health Care is Unaffordable: Anticompetitive and Consolidated Markets.…

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PHA Applauds Congress’ Decision to Include Physician-Led Hospitals in Hearing on Healthcare Transparency and Competition

April 24, 2023

Wednesday’s Hearing Marks the First Time That Physician-Led Hospitals Have Been Considered in a Hearing Since the 2010 Passage of the Affordable Care Act Physician-Led Healthcare for America (PHA) applauds the decision by the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee to include the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2023, H.R. 977, in…

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PHA’s Response to the Hospital Monopoly Report’s Reliance on Selective and Misleading Data: The Latest Attempt to Protect a Hospital Monopoly

April 13, 2023

Washington, DC – In response to the growing call for the repeal of the arbitrary ban on the physician ownership of hospitals, the hospital monopoly powers are ramping up their efforts to stifle the growing call for competition. The most recent effort is a report funded by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federation…

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Healthgrades’ 2023 Awards: Physician-Led Hospitals Claim Over 30 Percent

March 17, 2023

Washington, DC – Physician-led and -owned hospitals dominated Healthgrades’ 2023 Patient Satisfaction and Patient Excellence Awards. Only 84 of the nation’s hospitals received both awards, and 28 of the awardees are physician-led hospitals. While physician-led hospitals represent less than 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals, an eye-popping 33 percent of the hospitals that won both…

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Health Policy Thought Leaders Call for Immediate Reversal of Physician-Led Hospital Ban; House and Senate Bills Introduced.

February 22, 2023

Washington, DC – Physician-Led Healthcare for America (PHA) applauds the bi-cameral introduction of the “Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2023.” In the House, H.R. 977 is sponsored by Congressman Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX) and 22 original co-sponsors. In the Senate, S. 470 is sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and 13 original…

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PHA Applauds CMS’s Decision to Increase Healthcare Access for the Rio Grande Valley 

December 29, 2022

CMS Approves DHR Health’s High Medicaid Facility Exception to Expand Care for Medicaid Patients on the Texas Border WASHINGTON – PHA thanks CMS for following the rule of law and granting the “high Medicaid facility” expansion request to Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR Health) in Texas. Policymakers created the exception to ensure that areas serving large…

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Forty-Five Organizations Urge Congress to Address Physician-Led Hospitals

December 29, 2022

“The arbitrary 2010 ban on new physician-led hospitals and the expansion cap on grandfathered hospitals penalizes patients who deserve the right to receive care at the hospital of their choice and puts an unnecessary strain on our entire healthcare system.” WASHINGTON – Forty-five organizations joined a letter urging Congress to lift the restrictions on physician-led…

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PHA Endorses Legislation to Repeal Physician-Led Hospital Ban

October 21, 2022

PHA endorses H.R. 8132, which would repeal the ban on physician-led hospitals. WASHINGTON – Physician-Led Healthcare for America (PHA) endorsed H.R. 8132, which was introduced by Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-Indiana) to remove the ban on physician-led hospitals. “Concerns related to hospital consolidation have captured the attention of both sides of the political aisle,” PHA President…

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New Impact Study Identifies Solution to Healthcare Consolidation

September 15, 2022

Economic analysis finds physician-led hospitals are a force multiplier, increasing competition with high quality and lower cost care. WASHINGTON – A new study of the economic and social benefits of physician-led and owned hospitals has confirmed that physician-led hospitals can serve as an immediate tool to help federal policymakers address the nation’s growing healthcare consolidation.  …

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PHA’s Statement on the House Republicans’ Healthy Future Task Force Proposal

July 15, 2022

Washington, DC – July 15, 2022 – Physician-Led Healthcare for America (PHA) applauds a proposal released on July 14 by a key House Republican panel to improve healthcare delivery by repealing the moratorium on physician-led hospitals. The House Republican Healthy Future Task Force and its Affordability Subcommittee issued solutions to make healthcare more accessible and…

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Physician-Led Healthcare for America Statement: Introduction of the “Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2022”

May 4, 2022

Washington, DC – May 4, 2022 – Physician-Led Healthcare for America (PHA) is pleased to support the introduction of the “Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2022” by Senator James Lankford (R-OK). “We applaud Senator Lankford and the original co-sponsors – Senators Roger Marshall (R-KS), John Boozman (R-AR), John Barrasso (R-WY), Todd…

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Response to the Opposition by the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals DHR Health’s High Medicaid Facility Application for Expansion

March 22, 2022

Washington, DC – March 23, 2022 – Physician-Led Healthcare for America (PHA) was disappointed to learn that two Washington, DC, trade associations expressed opposition to the high Medicaid facility application for expansion filed by DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas. DHR Health serves as one of the community safety-net hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley that…

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February 1, 2022

Washington, DC – February 1, 2022 – Physician Hospitals of America’s Board of Directors unveiled a new name, brand and management team for the organization. The organization will now be named Physician-Led Healthcare for America, which reflects the organization’s new mission to represent all physician-led ventures, including physician-owned facilities and physician-led practices. The organization will…

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