An Endangered Species: Physician-Owned Hospitals

Law360, New York (January 28, 2010, 4:00 PM EST) -- Both the concept and reality of physician-owned hospitals have been contentious. For that reason, whether health care reform is enacted — or not — the ongoing debate involving physician-owned hospitals is unlikely to subside.

There have been approximately a dozen attempts, in one form or another, to pass legislation banning or restricting physician-owned hospitals, including an 18-month moratorium on building new physician-owned hospitals that expired in 2006. Thus, even without health care reform physician ownership of hospitals will remain a target of lawmakers and regulators....
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