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December 20, 2016

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Orthopaedic Surgeons Discuss Physician-Owned Hospitals on
Capitol Hill

On December 7, physicians from AAOS joined the Physician Hospital Association for a day of visits on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and key staff. The focus of the meetings was repeal of Section 6001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which universally banned all new physician-owned hospitals from participating in Medicare and Medicaid as well as placed a strict prohibition on expansion of existing physician-owned hospitals. This has contributed to the rapid consolidation of the hospital industry that was triggered by the ACA as well as lack of choices for patients, increased costs and lower quality health care.

In 2017, Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) is expected to re-introduce legislation to allow physician owned hospitals to meet patient demand in their communities. Given the commitment the majority in Congress is making to repealing the ACA early in 2017 and replacing it with a more patient-centered, free market alternative, repeal of Section 6001 should naturally be part of the repeal effort.

Orthopaedic surgeons who participated included Dr. Fred Liss, Dr. Asif Ilyas, Dr. Matthew Ramsey, Dr. Joseph Alhadeff, Dr. Robert Hagen, Dr. Richard Bruch, Dr. David Cannon and Dr. Blake Curd (several of whom are pictured below with Senator Toomey and Representative Meehan).