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Physician's Hospitals Are a Model of True Health Care Reform
Date:2/27/2009

Industry looks forward to working with Obama Administration

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Physician's Hospitals of America (PHA) was disappointed to learn that budget documents released by the White House are relying on outdated CBO scores in their evaluation of hospitals owned and operated by reform-minded physicians.

"We understand that this position is most likely a hold-over from past CBO data. We look forward to the opportunity to work with the new CBO as well as the White House to demonstrate the true quality and public savings represented by hospitals that are physician owned and operated," said Molly Sandvig, Executive Director of PHA.

PHA shares President Obama's belief, as he states in his budget proposal put out this week by the Office of Management and Budget, that quality patient care must be a top priority in the health care reform process:

From "A New Era of Responsibility, Renewing America's Promise" available from www.budget.gov:

Improve Patient Safety and Quality Care.

The plan must ensure the implementation of proven patient safety measures and provide incentives for changes in the delivery system to reduce unnecessary variability in patient care. It must support the widespread use of health information technology and the development of data on the effectiveness of medical interventions to improve the quality of care delivered. (pg. 27)

Ms. Sandvig noted, "Our association is optimistic that as providers of the best quality care available, the hospitals owned and operated by physicians will continue to play a strong role in the future of healthcare." Independent studies, including those conducted by the federal government have shown that physician hospitals have better outcomes in terms of infections rates and other quality measures t
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