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ADVOCACY

Physician Practice Restriction

Services that once could only be performed in a hospital can now safely and economically be provided in outpatient settings, like ambulatory surgical centers or physician offices. In order to provide these services and to maximize the convenience for their patients, physicians have introduced a variety of ancillary services, such as imaging and pathology, into their practices. This is the reality of modern medicine and legislation that would restrict ownership and referral is simply a step backwards to less convenient, less economical and less effective medical care. ASGE supports physician ownership in facilities, equipment or services that benefit patients through the delivery of appropriate, high-quality, medical care.

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