fah hospital policy blog

Perspectives on health policy affecting America’s hospitals and the patients we serve.

FAH, Other Hospital Groups Ask CMS to Delay New Measures

May 25, 2016 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Health Care Delivery, Quality

A hospital coalition letter sent this week to CMS seeks an implementation delay of at least a six months for two new measure sets in the psychiatric hospital quality and payment program.

The letter was signed by the Federation of American Hospitals, American Hospital Association, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute. It describes the challenges hospitals encounter in collecting the data to report and the Screening for Metabolic Disorders, which is not endorsed by the National Quality Forum (“NQF”) the measures of Transition Record Documentation (NQF #0647 and #0648)

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FAH: Hospitals Support the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016 (H.R. 5273)

May 18, 2016 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, Legislation

Legislation introduced today by the leadership of the Ways and Means Committee recognizes the importance of access to hospital care for millions of Americans. That is why I am pleased to offer the support of the FAH for this targeted, thoughtful measure that would, among other provisions, allow community hospitals to finalize essential outpatient arrangements in order to better serve patients in their communities.

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FAH Leader Joins Politico’s New Podcast for Wide Ranging Interview

May 13, 2016 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News

This week FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn participated in the third-ever Politico’s Pulse Check Podcast.

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FAH CEO: HA Forum Offered “Fresh Look” at Value Based Payment Programs

May 12, 2016 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Financing, Quality

This morning Health Affairs held a forum entitled “Envisioning The Future Of Value Based Payment” in DC. The forum provided a platform for a broad spectrum of accomplished panelists to discuss existing and developing value-based payment programs for hospitals and physicians, as well as how paying for value should evolve in a future with electronic health records, big data analytics, and personalized medicine. The panelist included keynote remarks by David Blumenthal, President of the Commonwealth Fund, HCA’s Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin and many other health care experts. The Federation of American Hospitals was one of the sponsors of this important event.

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