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Physician-Owned Hospitals: Politics and Policy
Episode 419th June 2023 • Complications: Health Policy Unraveled • McGuireWoods Consulting
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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.

Meet Your Host

Name: Stephanie Kennan 

Title: Senior Vice President, Federal Public Affairs at McGuireWoods Consulting

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.

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Episode Highlights

[00:50] The history of physician-owned hospitals.

[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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