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Anti-dog-eat-dog

 Does the following summary of requirements for physician-owned hospitals from Obamacare remind anyone else of the "Anti-dog-eat-dog Rule" passed by the National Alliance of Railroads in Chapter IV of Atlas Shrugged (p 74)?  It sure did come to my mind and I am also sure that there will be many more examples of this type of legislation coming from the Obama Administration as they try to increase the Federal government's stranglehold on the economy.



Under the new law there are a host of bureaucratic hoops that physician-owned hospitals must go through to expand.

• The hospital must apply to the Department of Health and Human Services and can do so only once every two years.

• It must then wait for a period for members of the community to provide input.

• It must be in a county where population growth is 150% of the population growth of the state in the last five years.

• Inpatient admissions must be equal to or greater than the average of such admissions in all hospitals located in the county.

• Its bed occupancy rate must be greater than the state average.

• It must be located in a state where hospital bed capacity is less than the national average.

• Once a hospital meets all of those conditions, it is prohibited from expanding more than 200%.

And they are the lucky ones. There are currently 60 to 65 physician-owned hospitals under construction. Those that aren't finished and don't have a Medicare provider number by Aug. 1 (Dec. 31 if the reconciliation bill passes) will probably never open their doors. Without a provider number, such hospitals can't treat Medicare patients, which are usually essential to financial survival.

Source: Investors Business Daily

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john_j_enright
Mar. 26th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Agh.
jwhend49
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Concise and True!
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