Physician Hospitals of America and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital Appeal Federal Court Decision

PHA & TSJH Appeal Ruling/Continue Efforts to Repeal Section 6001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2011) -  Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital (TSJH) today filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  The appeal will focus on whether the lower court ruling regarding Section 6001 of President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

PHA and TSJH are also calling on Congress to repeal Section 6001, which prohibits construction or expansion of physician owned hospitals and limits patient access to some of the highest quality medical facilities in the country.  U.S. Congressmen Sam Johnson (TX-3) and Doc Hastings (WA-4) have each introduced repeal legislation.

There are currently 275 physician owned hospitals serving patients in 33 states.  These hospitals include general acute care, long term acute care, emergency medicine, multi-specialty, women's, children's, rehabilitation and psychiatric.  According to the US government's own HCAHPS survey data, physician owned hospitals rank first for quality and patient satisfaction in 20 states.

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