WASHINGTON, D.C. - In reversing a lower court, a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on July 8 held that the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) conclusion that a group of long-term care hospitals operating out of buildings previously owned by hospital entities are not "new hospitals" for purposes of reimbursement of equity capital under Medicare (Select Specialty Hospitals - Bloomington, et al. v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, No. 12-5355, D.C. Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 12805).