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AHA urges Congress to preserve ban on physician self-referral

from AHA News Now

The AHA urged Congress to preserve the five-year-old ban on physician self-referral to new physician-owned hospitals and restrictions on the growth of existing physician-owned hospitals. "Conflict of interest is inherent in self-referral," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock, who testified at a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on improving competition in Medicare. The 2010 Affordable Care Act banned physician self-referral to new hospitals in which the doctor has an ownership interest. more


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