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Are rules on doctor-owned hospitals too tough?

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A U.S. House subcommittee is looking at whether rules for physician-owned hospitals should be lessened  because the rules may be stunting their growth.

The hearing Tuesday,  chaired by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (R.-Texas), was entitled “Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access,” participants. It  discussed a  rule  under the  Affordable Care Act that keeps physician-owned hospitals from expanding and keeps new physician-owned hospitals from treating Medicare and Medicaid patients.

“It is our responsibility to protect Medicare for today’s seniors and for future generations — increasing competition in the marketplace can help achieve that. We will continue to hold hearings on improving the payment system for hospitals and other healthcare providers over the course of this year and develop reforms that will help save Medicare for the long term,” Mr. Brady told the session.

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