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Now, this treasure of a health care resource is being threatened with extinction by presumptions that it can be replaced by nursing home care.

The rallying cry of Obamacare has been to deliver better care to people, create a healthier nation and provide better value for the dollars spent. Our country’s rehabilitation hospitals succeed at all these objectives.

Allowing arbitrary regulations to further restrict access, and force patients into nursing homes, where there are virtually no regulations or standards in effect that relate to the type of rehabilitation care offered and how it is delivered is not the way to save budget dollars.

Forcing patients into underregulated, less-capable care settings is not a responsible approach to health care policy change. America’s rehabilitation hospitals stand ready to work with the administration and Congress to make our delivery system the best and most cost-effective it can be, but not at the expense of the patients for whom we exist.

America’s rehabilitation hospitals and units care about the patients we serve and will not willingly let our ability to help them be destroyed.

Bruce M. Gans, a physician, is chairman of the board of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and national medical director for rehabilitation for Select Medical.