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AAOS on Physician-Owned Hospitals
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has been working with Reps. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) as well as with Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and others to advance legislation that would reverse these arbitrary restrictions and ensure Medicare and Medicaid patients have access to high-quality health care. The orthopaedic profession exists for the primary purpose of caring for patients, and indeed, orthopaedic surgeons play a vital role in keeping our nation in motion through the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal care. Physician-owned hospitals allow orthopaedic surgeons—and other physicians—who know patient care best, to be more involved in some of the day-to-day decision-making of the hospitals. Limiting the ability of dedicated physicians to open or expand facilities to treat their patients penalizes those patients who would otherwise benefit from this valuable care. Especially at a time where access to care is vitally important, restrictions on the ability of physicians to serve their community is harmful to the entire health care system, and AAOS continues to urge Congress to reverse this policy.
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