WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1156, the “Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017,” with bipartisan support. This important legislation repeals the ban on the formation and expansion of physician-owned hospitals implemented in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act. ”We thank Congressman Johnson for his leadership on this important issue. Once enacted the bill would increase patient access to higher-quality, more affordable healthcare and introduce much-need competition into hospital markets,” stated Dr. Blake Curd, President of Physician Hospitals of America.