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FAH, AHA Urge Congress to Oppose Physician-Owned Hospital Bill

March 09, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Legislation

FAH and AHA sent a letter to members of Congress Monday urging them to oppose H.R. 1156/S. 1133, the ‘‘Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017,” legislation that would repeal current law limiting self-referral to physician-owned hospitals.

The letter uses new data to highlight the harmful impact self-referral has on the hospital industry.

“The empirical record is clear that these conflict-of-interest arrangements of hospital ownership and self-referral by physicians result in cherry-picking of the healthiest and wealthiest patients, excessive utilization of care, and patient safety concerns,” wrote FAH and AHA.

You can read the entire letter here.