USMD Holdings Inc., a publicly held physician-led integrated healthcare system headquartered in Irving, said Sept. 16 that USMD Hospital Division, its wholly owned subsidiary, has acquired a 17.96 percent ownership interest in USMD Hospital at Arlington from a group of individual physicians and physician-owned entities. This acquisition increases USMD’s ownership in the Arlington hospital to 45.4 percent. Texas Health Resources will retain its 51 percent ownership interest in the hospital.
This transaction eliminates any direct ownership of USMD Hospital at Arlington by referring physicians. The Affordable Care Act, signed in March 2010, amended the federal physician self-referral law and significantly limited the ability of physician-owned hospitals to expand. With the transition in ownership, the law no longer applies to USMD Hospital at Arlington and the hospital will, again, have the opportunity to add new operating rooms, procedure rooms, and inpatient beds and services, as needed, to meet the expanding needs of patients in Arlington.
“The transition of ownership at USMD Hospital at Arlington has been in development for years and we’re excited to finalize this transaction and increase USMD’s ownership in the hospital,” said Dr. John House, chairman and chief executive officer of USMD Holdings. “This gives the hospital the opportunity to increase its service offerings even further to better meet the needs of the Arlington community.” This transition comes in conjunction with USMD Hospital at Arlington’s 10-year anniversary. USMD Hospital Division has been the managing partner of USMD Hospital at Arlington LP since its inception and it will continue to serve in those capacities. USMD Holdings Inc. trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol “USMD.”