fah hospital policy blog

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

FAH Leader Calls New Hospital Star Ratings “Not Ready for Primetime”

July 27, 2016 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, Quality

We believe that star ratings can be helpful for consumers if they can be useful in health care decision-making. The new hospital star ratings fall short and are not ready for primetime.

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Local Hospital Supports Bipartisan Fix to Skyrocketing Prescription Prices

July 25, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Pharmaceuticals

The CEO of a hospital in rural Iowa expressed his support for common sense solutions to help solve the prescription drug pricing crisis in an op-ed published in Sunday’s Des Moines Register.

Phil Noel, CEO of Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa Iowa, laid out how rising medication costs are effecting his hospital and the patients it serves.

“This problem is acute. The high cost of cancer drugs made it impossible for our organization to continue to offer medical oncology. Additionally, the boutique infusion drugs have increased in usage and cost with a high financial burden to patients and hospitals that administer them,” he wrote.

Ottumwa Regional Health Centers is owned by Federation of American Hospitals member company RCCH HealthCare Partners.

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FAH Concerned about FDA’s Draft Guidance about Drug Compounding

July 20, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Legislation, Pharmaceuticals

The Federation of American Hospitals commented to the Food and Drug Administration Monday on the agency’s latest detailed draft guidance document implementing provisions of the revised Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The FAH letter expresses serious concerns about the current draft guidance and its impact on the provision of appropriate patient care.

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FAH CEO Participates in POLITICO Survey about Future of ACA

July 14, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Affordable Care Act, FAH News, Legislation

A survey of a bipartisan group of more than 40 health care experts about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recently done by POLITICO came to a simple conclusion – the law is here to stay, but it does need to be fixed.

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