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    60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law

    By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

    (CNSNews.com) – The new health care overhaul law – that promised increased access and efficiency in health care – will prevent doctor-owned hospitals from adding more rooms and more beds.

    These hospitals are advertised as less bureaucratic and more focused on doctor-patient decision making. However, larger corporate hospitals say doctor-owned facilities discriminate in favor of high-income patients and refer business to themselves.

    The new rules single out physician-owned hospitals, making new physician-owned projects ineligible to receive payments for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

    Existing doctor-owned hospitals will be grandfathered in to get government funds for patients but must seek permission from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand.

    The get the department’s permission, a doctor-owned hospital must be in a county where population growth is 150 percent of the population growth of the state in the last five years; impatient admissions must be equal to all hospitals located in the county; the bed occupancy rate must not be greater than the state average, and it must be located in a state where hospital bed capacity is less than the national average.

    These rules are under Title VI, Section 6001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The provision is titled “Physician Ownership and Other Transparency – Limitations on Medicare Exceptions to the Prohibition on Certain Physician Referral for Hospitals.”

    More than 60 doctor-owned hospitals across the country that were in the development stage will be canceled, said Molly Sandvig, executive director of Physician Hospitals of America (PHA).

    “That’s a lot of access to communities that will be denied,” Sandvig told CNSNews.com. “The existing hospitals are greatly affected. They can’t grow. They can’t add beds. They can’t add rooms. Basically, it stifles their ability to change and meet market needs. This is really an unfortunate thing as well, because we are talking about some of the best hospitals in the country.”
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    What's this? Corporate Hospitals got the hook up from the people supposedly out to stop such?


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    Re: 60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law

    The only goal was to provide affordable health care to all citizens.

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    Re: 60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    The only goal was to provide affordable health care to all citizens.
    If that were the truth, then this would never have passed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    The only goal was to provide affordable health care to all citizens.
    If you read the bill, you will you would think otherwise.

    Score 10 points for politicians duping the commoners again.
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    Re: 60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    If that were the truth, then this would never have passed.
    The debate is whether the bill does enough to control costs. I have yet to hear an intelligent, evidence based argument presented from either side that indicates how this bill will affect cost. All I hear is speculation and ideology.

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    Re: 60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    If you read the bill, you will you would think otherwise.

    Score 10 points for politicians duping the commoners again.
    Since you seem to be claiming to have read the bill in its entirety, why don't you provide some specific examples of how it will fail to control costs?

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    Re: 60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Since you seem to be claiming to have read the bill in its entirety, why don't you provide some specific examples of how it will fail to control costs?
    It's a mimic of MassCare which has raised premiums by a lot.

    The CBO has already said that it would raise rates 10% with the additional mandates.
    I don't think that includes regular medical inflation.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...bHRLAD9EG84VO0

    JCT: Healthcare law to sock middle class with a $3.9 billion tax increase in 2019 - The Hill's On The Money

    Senate Health-Care Bill Will Raise Insurance Costs - WSJ.com

    In Depth: 10 Surprising Ways Health Reform Will Cost You - The Cadillac tax. - Forbes.com

    Six Ways the Senate Health Care Bill Raises Health Care Costs, Kills Jobs, and Weakens the Economy | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.



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    Re: 60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    The debate is whether the bill does enough to control costs. I have yet to hear an intelligent, evidence based argument presented from either side that indicates how this bill will affect cost. All I hear is speculation and ideology.
    And yet you support the bill?

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    Re: 60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Since you seem to be claiming to have read the bill in its entirety, why don't you provide some specific examples of how it will fail to control costs?
    It will increase demand for medical services, yes?

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    Re: 60 doctor-owned hospitals canceled due to new health law


    Do you have any sources that actually talk about the legislation that was passed? None of these sources seem to discuss the legislation that was actually passed, by which I mean the Senate Bill and the fixes that they approved later. They also refer to the CBO report of just the Senate Bill, not the CBO report that was released of the combined legislation.

    If we are going to talk about whether or not Obama's health care will control costs, shouldn't we be talking about the legislation that we actually have?

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