On Tuesday, bipartisan legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) ban on new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) was introduced by Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX) and Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX). The bill, H.R. 3062, “the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2019,” follows the recommendation by Health and Human Services (HHS) last December for Congress to consider repealing the provision in the ACA that put a moratorium on new physician-owned hospitals and limited the expansion of most physician-owned hospitals that were grandfathered in when the healthcare law was passed.
As we reported last week, Chairman Burgess and more than 30 of his fellow legislators in the House requested that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) run a demonstration expanding (POHs).
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