EDINBURG, TEXAS – Physician-Led Healthcare for America has registered its support for DHR Health’s application to expand services.
In a letter sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the group points out that over 200 hospitals across the nation feature some form of physician ownership. The letter was penned by the group’s president, Dr. Frederic Liss, MD.
DHR Health is a physician-owned hospital based in Edinburg, Texas. In order to build and operate a general hospital in Brownsville, DHR Health had to seek an exception to a federal prohibition against expansion of the facility capacity of a physician-owned hospital.
DHR Health is slated to officially open a 59-bed general hospital in Brownsville, Texas, in the coming weeks.
According to information sent to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission, DHR says the hospital will have 39 medical/surgical inpatient beds at single occupancy and 59 at double occupancy, along with “clinical laboratory services, diagnostic x-ray services, treatment facility, including surgery, a 24/7 basic emergency department, intensive care unit with three beds, and seven nursing stains with around-the-clock nursing care.”
As it considered DHR’s application, CMS invited public comment. Some of the correspondence CMS received was in favor of DHR’s expansion. Some was against. Here, below, is the letter Physician-Led Healthcare for America sent to CMS in support of DHR Health.
February 25, 2022
The Honorable Chiquita Brooks-LaSure
Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20201
Dear Administrator Brooks-LaSure,
I am writing on behalf of Physician-Led Healthcare for America (PHA) to offer our enthusiastic support for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Ltd.’s physician-owned hospital high Medicaid facility expansion application.
Today, over 200 hospitals across the nation feature some form of physician ownership, and the hospitals represent different models, including general acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals and joint ventures with non-profit hospital systems. The Biden Administration and a wide range of experts have highlighted price and quality concerns related to consolidation in healthcare markets.
Physician-owned hospitals (POHs) represent an important tool that can be utilized to ensure that healthcare markets feature adequate competition. POHs have consistently produced some of the highest quality and efficiency scores in both Medicare and private studies that compare all hospitals, including both those that are owned by physicians and those without physician ownership.
Millions of patients already know the benefits of POHs; they choose to receive their care from POHs due to the outstanding care that they deliver. Patients deserve the choice of a higher-quality and lower- cost hospital, and that is why PHA strongly urges Congress to repeal Section 6001 of the Affordable Care Act to ensure that POHs are allowed to provide care in their communities.
Thank you in advance for considering this important facility expansion application.
Frederic Liss, MD
Physician-Led Healthcare for America
Editor’s Note: The above news story is one in a series of stories about DHR Health’s expansion into Brownsville. Thus far, eight stories have been published. Click here to read the first. Click here to read the second. Click here to read the third. Click here to read the fourth. Click here to read the fifth. Click here to read the sixth. Click here to read the seventh.
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