Modern Physician reporter Jessica Zigmond, based in Chicago, covers public health, rural health, post-acute care and physician-owned hospitals for the magazine. Doc-ownership is especially likely to be a lightning-rod issue in the months ahead.
In 2008, congressional leaders showed their contempt for physician-owned hospitals by targeting these facilities in a range of bills that had nothing to do physician ownership, including children's health insurance, mental-health parity and war appropriations.
The fears of physician owners in 2008 are expected to become a reality this year as Congress will more than likely re-introduce legislation to restrict physician ownership and discourage future growth in this segment.
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