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Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) 8th Annual Conference Confirms Growth and Unprecedented Nationwide Support

Friday, October 10, 2008 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 Physicians and their health carecolleagues at over 200 of America's best and safest hospitals will be playinga leading role in advancing health care reform. That's the consensus to emergefrom four days of meetings as Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) concludedits 8th Annual Conference in Palm Springs, California.

"As physician hospitals, we recognize that our country's health care modelis not working for too many Americans and is due for a change," said BrettGosney, who was named President of the national organization's Board ofDirectors. "There is one change that will result in all other reforms takingplace quickly, efficiently and result in better outcomes for patients: Makinghospital bureaucrats answer to those who've sworn an oath to provide the bestcare possible for their patients -- America's physicians."

Participation at the annual conference has grown dramatically in recentyears with more than 400 attendees and over 70 corporate sponsors representinga broad range of medical equipment and services, as well as business sectorskey to the construction of physician-owned hospitals.

Gosney added that as more American physicians conclude that their patientsare better served at hospitals operated under the control of medicalprofessionals, instead of accountants and attorneys with no medical training,both PHA membership and conference participation is expected to grow.

"In eight short years our organization has grown from a few physicians whoknew they had to do something dramatic to truly honor their medical oath,"said Molly Sandvig, JD, PHA's Executive Director,"to a national voice forhealth care reform that has demonstrated how putting physicians back incontrol of hospitals leads to better, safer care for patients."

The conference featured more than thirty break-out sessions coveringtopics that ranged from hospital operational issues to implications of variousfederal regulations, reviews of various statistical studies and a range ofclinical presentations.

The keynote address was delivered by Regina E. Herzlinger, PhD, of theHarvard Business School. Dr. Herzlinger is widely considered one of thenation's foremost experts on the economics of health care and hospitalutilization, as well as an early advocate for reform and physician-ownership.

Other major speakers included healthcare economist John Schneider, PhDfrom HECG, LLC and healthcare financial consultant Robert J. Cimasi, MHA, ASA,CBA, AVA, CM&AA, CMP. Both Dr. Schneider and Mr. Cimasi are known for havingconducted groundbreaking research and analysis regarding physician-ownershipof hospitals.

PHA is on the web at: http://www.physicianhospitals.org

SOURCE Physician Hospitals of America
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