Physician-owned hospitals (POHs) are known for providing some of the highest quality care in the country, at the lowest cost. But they are prohibited from expanding or establishing new facilities due to section 6001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These hospitals help meet a growing demand for health care services, including in rural and underserved areas, yet the prohibition penalizes patients who deserve the right to receive care at the hospital of their choice.
The Creating Capacity for Communities in Need Act (H.R. 7168/S. 3547) would allow POH’s to expand capacity for addressing the COVID-19 emergency and permanently increase access to care post-pandemic. It improves upon earlier waivers from the Department of Health and Human Services by removing disincentives for doing so during the public health emergency, and instead adding these expansions to the POH’s baseline. Please join AAOS in urging your representative or senator to cosponsor the bill.