Section 6001 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 amended section 1877 of the Social Security Act to impose additional requirements for physician-owned hospitals to qualify for the whole hospital and rural provider exceptions. A physician-owned hospital is now generally prohibited from expanding facility capacity. However, a physician-owned hospital that qualifies as an applicable hospital or high Medicaid facility may request an exception to the prohibition from the Secretary.
For further information about the process and its requirements, see our regulations at 42 CFR §411.362 (c) and the additional information in the Downloads and Related Links below. If you have questions after reviewing this information, please send an email to POHInquiries@cms.hhs.gov. Requests for exceptions should not be sent to this address, but may be emailed to the address below.
A hospital requesting an exception in accordance with the statutory requirements may submit an exception request either electronically to POH-ExceptionRequests@cms.hhs.gov or by mailing an original and one copy of its request to:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Mailstop C4-25-02, ATTN: Physician-Owned Hospital Exceptions
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
If a hospital submits its request electronically, the hospital must also submit an original hard copy of the required certification.
Expansion Exception Requests Received
- Solutions Medical Consulting, LLC d/b/a/ Serenity Springs Hospital (Ruston, Louisiana (Lincoln Parish)) submitted an exception request. The notice of the request has been published in the Federal Register. The request can be found here (PDF). Supporting documentation is available upon request by emailing: POH-ExceptionRequests@cms.hhs.gov.
- St. James Behavioral Health Hospital Inc (Gonzales, Louisiana (Ascension Parish)) submitted an exception request. The corresponding decision notice is published on the Federal Register.
- Deaconess Women’s Hospital of Southern Indiana d/b/a The Women’s Hospital (Newburgh, Indiana (Warrick County)) submitted an exception request. The corresponding decision notice is published on the Federal Register.
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital (Rockwall, Texas) submitted an exception request. The corresponding decision notice is published on the Federal Register.
- Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (Edinburg, Texas) submitted an exception request. The corresponding decision notice is published on the Federal Register.
- Harsha Behavioral Center, Inc. (Terre Haute, Indiana) submitted an exception request. The corresponding decision notice has been published on the Federal Register.
- Lake Pointe Medical Center (Rowlett, TX) submitted an exception request. The corresponding decision notice has been published on the Federal Register.
POH Initial Annual Ownership/Investment Report: Release of CMS-855POH;
No Action Required Until Further Notice
CMS has released the CMS-855POH, a new form approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to replace Attachment 1 of the CMS-855A (Attachment 1). POHs previously used Attachment 1 to submit the Initial Annual Ownership/Investment Report required under the physician self-referral law. At this time, POHs should not submit a completed CMS-855POH (or a completed Attachment 1) for purposes of the physician self-referral law reporting requirements until CMS issues further instruction on the Physician Self-Referral website. As stated in our March 12, 2015 announcement in MLN Connects Provider eNews, CMS has extended the deadline for the POH Initial Annual Ownership/Investment Report due to concerns about the accuracy of the data collected in the report, and POHs should continue to stay tuned to the Physician Self-Referral website (as well as the normal CMS communication channels for notifications related to this issue) for information regarding the revised deadline, specific instructions for submitting the report, and the timeframe during which the report can be submitted.
As a reminder, hospitals that did not file the required information by the earlier deadline of March 3, 2014 may have refrained from filing claims after that date to avoid violating the physician self-referral law’s claim submission prohibition. Because of the deadline extension, submission of those claims may be permissible. Please refer to 42 CFR §424.44 for timely filing guidelines regarding such claims.