The Louisiana Hospital Association lost a bid to impose a moratorium on new hospital licenses despite face-to-face lobbying of state legislators and what it called a massive e-mail campaign. The LHA cited opposition from the Louisiana State Medical Society in the defeat of an amendment in the state House of Representatives aimed at halting the growth of physician-owned specialty hospitals. The LHA said the defeat marks the end of its efforts to "deal with the niche hospital issue at the state level." It will continue to work on regulatory reform. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
La. hospitals lose bid for new hospital moratorium
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