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California State Assembly Approves Bill on Rural Hospital Physician Employment
The National Law Review

A bill that would permit rural hospitals to directly employ physicians has been approved by the California State Assembly. Assembly Bill 2024, authored by Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), will be considered next by the Senate Health Committee. The bill would waive the state’s ban on the corporate practice of medicine for 28 rural critical access hospitals allowing them more freedom to hire doctors. The bill is a response to the difficulties rural areas have had attracting and retaining medical providers.