The debate on physician-owned hospitals is beginning again. Or maybe it never really stopped.
In the latest episode of Complications: Health Policy Unraveled, host Stephanie Kennan shares the history behind the creation of physician-owned hospitals, and the current effort to loosen restrictions through legislation while the administration wants to continue restrictions.
Specialty: Stephanie Kennan helps clients navigate the legislative and executive branches of the federal government to solve problems involving a variety of healthcare policy issues. Her work focuses on providers, medical device manufacturers, drug manufacturers and associations concerned about Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
[01:05] Congress passed legislation concerning physician ownership and referral of services in the 1980’s, called “Stark Laws”.
[02:31] The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to restrict expansion of physician-owned hospitals designated as “high Medicaid facilities” and to set maximum limits on the expansion of those hospitals.
[03:42] What critics say about physician-owned hospitals.
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