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

FAH Comments on Medicare’s Extreme & Uncontrollable Circumstances Policies

February 20, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Medicare

FAH sent a letter today to CMS Administrator Seema Verma outlining ways that the Medicare Shared Savings Program’s Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policies interim final rule could be improved. The letter expressed appreciation for CMS’ recognition of the need for such a policy and relief it provides to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) affected by this year’s disasters, including the devastating hurricanes.

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FAH Submits Comments on ONC’s Draft Trusted Exchange Framework

February 20, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: HIT

Federation of American Hospitals recently submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) regarding the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (Draft TEFCA). FAH expressed support for ONC’s efforts to advance interoperability, while providing suggestions for improvements and requesting a number of clarifications to the TEFCA. Some key comments include:

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FAH Leader Comments on Release of Administration’s Budget

February 12, 2018 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, Financing, Media

According to MedPAC, hospitals are already experiencing the lowest Medicare margins in history, while the CBO says nearly half of all hospitals will be facing negative margins by 2025. The White House’s FY19 budget proposal would more than double the $160+ billion in cuts imposed on hospitals since 2010. Among the flawed proposals are massive reductions in Medicare bad debt payments and cutbacks in funding for hospital care for millions of uninsured Americans, plus those in post-acute facilities. It also dramatically reduces resources for Medicaid and the training of needed new doctors. Enough is enough. These unsustainable cuts would directly impact hospitals’ ability to serve patients.

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FAH Comments on FCC Rural Health Care Program

February 02, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: HIT, Rural

FAH recently commented on the FCC’s proposed changes for the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, which provides funding to health care providers for broadband and telecommunications services.

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