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Mini Surgical Construction Boom Ahead? Physician-owned hospitals might soon be able to add more beds. P hysician-owned hospitals have been prohibited from expanding since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, but recent reports highlighting their strong performance in achieving quality measures could boost the prospects of federal legislation that would let the more than 250 U.S. acute care hospitals that are partially or fully physician-owned build again, under certain conditions. The hospital lobby has long accused physician-owned facilities of cherry-picking the most profitable patients, of providing limited or no emergency services and of increasing the utilization of healthcare services through self-referrals. But 3 reports issued last year by gov- ernment as well as independent sources suggest that physician-owned hospitals are among the industry's top performers in quality and 2 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 6 Legal Update John F. Williams III, JD • ADDING MORE BEDS A mini-construction boom could follow if Congress temporarily lifts a new-bed moratorium on the nation's 251 physician-owned hospitals.

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