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Lawmakers mull lifting ban on physician-owned hospitals as doc lobbying groups claim major cost savings

October 21, 2023
Summary
Lobbying groups argue lift on ban for physician-owned hospitals (POHs) could save $1.1bn across Medicare's 20 most expensive conditions in 2019. Study backed by physician lobbying groups found lower healthcare costs possible at POHs. As lawmakers consider lifting the ban, a draft proposing permitting new POHs, introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess, receives supportive responses. Critics argue limiting new entrants impacts market competition, with June report suggesting POHs offer reduced prices. Physician advocates claim proposed changes enhance patient care and reduce costs.
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