The American Medical Association is expected to lend its political clout to specialty hospitals, adopting a policy that "supports competition between and among healthcare facilities because it promotes the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective healthcare." AMA delegates will consider the issue during their annual midyear meeting in early December. Delegates are expected to endorse a report by AMA board Chairman James Rohack that not only supports physician-owned specialty hospitals but also the elimination of state certificate-of-need programs. The report, set to be released at the meeting, opposes any effort to extend an 18-month federal moratorium on new physician investment in specialty hospitals. The report also faults the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals for "their attempts to eliminate competition by prohibiting physician referrals to specialty hospitals in which they have an ownership interest." -- by Michael Romano
AMA likely to take on AHA in specialty hospital war
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