Healthcare Reform’s New Restrictions on “Whole-Hospital Exception”—Changing Regulatory Landscape for Physician-Owned Hospitals

As we reported in an earlier article [S. Welch and J. Blakely, “Significant Healthcare Reform Provisions that Impact Physicians,” May 12, 2010], Section 6001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposes extensive restrictions on the Physician-Self Referral Law’s (Stark Law) “whole-hospital exception” and effectively bars future physician investment in specialty hospitals.

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