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February 7, 2016

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Energy and Commerce Health Care Reform Agenda

AAOS, OTA, and Others Host Extremity War Injuries Symposium

Ortho Surgeons Talk Physician-Owned Hospitals

State Corner: The State of Visiting Team Physician Legislation in the States

Advocacy at the Annual Meeting – Mark Your Calendar!

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Political Graphic of the Week

Quality Payment Program Resources

PAC Participation Leader Board by State

Learn More About the Advisor’s Circle

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Ortho Surgeons Talk Physician-Owned Hospitals

Orthopaedic Surgeons from the Rothman Institute in Pennsylvania came to Capitol Hill this week to advocate for physician-owned hospitals and the patients who receive high quality care at these facilities. As negotiations continue on the specifics of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal, orthopaedic surgeons work to include a repeal on the ACA’s controversial restrictions on these hospitals.


Drs. Fred Liss, Matt Ramsey, Brian Winters and Joe Daniel with Sen. Bill Cassidy

The group also helped secure cosponsors for Rep. Sam Johnson’s (R-TX) legislation that would repeal Section 6001 of the ACA, which prevents any new physician-owned hospitals from participating in Medicare or Medicaid and prevents existing hospitals from expanding. These restrictions must be lifted to ensure Medicare patients have access to high quality health care, as these hospitals provide some of the highest quality care in the country. Physician-owned hospitals also inject much-needed competition into the marketplace, forcing traditional hospitals to improve and innovate.


Orthopaedic surgeons with Rep. Markwayne Mullen

Physician-owned hospitals consistently rank very high under current quality measures compared to other hospitals. For example, under the ACA, hospitals were provided an incentive to improve their processes and patient satisfaction though the Hospital Value Based Purchasing program. When a hospital performs well, it receives a small increase in its total Medicare payment and poorly performing hospitals receive a penalty. In FY2017, 7 out of the top 10 and 40 out of the top 100 hospitals were physician-owned.