updated 5/27/2011 3:48:28 PM ET 2011-05-27T19:48:28

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Physician Hospitals of America (PHA) and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital (TSJH) today filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The appeal will focus on whether the lower court ruling regarding Section 6001 of President Obama's Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act is constitutional.

PHA and TSJH are also calling on Congress to repeal Section 6001, which prohibits construction or expansion of physician owned hospitals and limits patient access to some of the highest quality medical facilities in the country.  U.S. Congressmen Sam Johnson (TX-3) and Doc Hastings (WA-4) have each introduced repeal legislation.

There are currently 275 physician owned hospitals serving patients in 33 states.  These hospitals include general acute care, long term acute care, emergency medicine, multi-specialty, women's, children's, rehabilitation and psychiatric.  According to the US government's own HCAHPS survey data, physician owned hospitals rank first for quality and patient satisfaction in 20 states.

For more information visit:   www.phapulse.org

Contact:

Leslie Fossey

(903) 539‐7712 / leslie@azaleaortho.com

Scott Christiansen

(312) 961-4745 /scott@physicianhospitals.org

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