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

FAH CEO: Stark Law Needs “Critical Improvements”, Hatch White Paper Examines Need for Change

June 30, 2016 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, General

FAH appreciates the efforts to reform the Stark Law by Chairman Hatch and other members of the Senate Finance Committee.

There is undoubtedly a need to modernize this legislation. Right now it is costly, unwieldy and burdensome, often leading to disproportionate penalties for providers. It also needs to keep pace with the future of health care payment and delivery models.

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FAH Supports Legislation Aimed at Anti-Competitive Drug Company Actions

June 23, 2016 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: Legislation, Pharmaceuticals

FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn sent a letter this week to the four main sponsors of S.3056, the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act (CREATES) Act of 2016 expressing his support for the bipartisan legislation. “Rapidly rising pharmaceutical costs are a source of significant stress for both patients and the hospitals that provide their care. Hospitals and the entire health care system are facing exponential increases in acquisition costs for too many medications, many of which have been around for decades,” wrote Kahn. “Addressing the soaring cost of prescription drugs is one of our top priorities.”

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FAH Leader Receives National Healthcare Award

June 22, 2016 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News

Chip Kahn, President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, received the 2016 B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award on Wednesday night. The award has recognized trailblazers in the health care industry for more than 30 years. Chip Kahn has used his leadership in the health care industry to help Americans get the hospital care they desperately need. Throughout his long career, Chip has played a key role in health care reform—that and his passion for the industry is why I am very pleased to have B’nai B’rith honor him with this award,” B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman said.

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FAH Comments are Critical of FY 17 IPPS Proposed Rule

June 20, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Financing, Quality

FAH filed comments with CMS Friday afternoon in response to the agency’s proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems Rule for 2017. The Federation’s letter strongly objects to CMS’s proposal to change the manner in which it distributes DSH funds from the uncompensated care pool. The chief concern is that “CMS is moving too quickly to use a form, Worksheet S-10, to distribute UC-DSH funds that is not clear in its construction and instructions, not consistently prepared by hospitals, and not yet subject to audit for accuracy. CMS simply has not done enough, many say very little, to fix the problems inherent in this form.” The letter describes a litany of data, definition, and process issues, and details concerns that the S-10 does not recognize hospital discounts. FAH recommends that CMS not rely on the S-10 until those issues are addressed, but that if the agency insists on moving forward it delay the introduction of the form and lengthen the proposed transition.

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