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Category Archives: health-care-delivery

FAH Outlines Issues with Proposed Medicaid Access Rule

May 23, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Medicaid

In a letter sent today to CMS Administrator Seem Verma, the FAH outlines several concerns with policies contained in the Medicaid Access Proposed Rule. Under current Medicaid law, states are required to assure that Medicaid payments are “consistent with efficiency, economy, and quality of care are sufficient to enlist enough providers so that care and services are available…..” In November 2015, CMS finalized regulations requiring states to use a process to document compliance with the legal standard for demonstrating sufficient payment. The Proposed Rule issued by CMS and which the FAH commented on today, would inappropriately loosen those requirements. Areas highlighted in the letter include:

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FAH, Member Company Participate in Red Tape Relief Roundtable

April 13, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Health Care Delivery, Medicare

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held a Red Tape Relief Initiative roundtable earlier this week focused reducing regulatory burdens on hospitals. Committee leaders framed this as a unique chance for Members to hear from industry professionals about how Congress can improve Medicare so that it works more effectively for both patients and medical providers.

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FAH Affiliated Hospital Named to “Top Places to Work in Healthcare” List

April 13, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Health Care Delivery

Becker’s Hospital Review recently released its 2018 list recognizing the top places to work in healthcare. Ardent Health Services’ Bailey Medical Center in Owasso, Oklahoma was included in the list which “highlights hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth.”

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Hospital Groups Call on Anthem to Rescind ED and Imaging Coverage Changes

March 09, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Insurance, Quality

FAH, together with other hospital groups, wrote to Anthem to express serious concerns about the insurers coverage policies for outpatient imaging and emergency care services.

The letter highlights that Anthem’s emergency services policy lacks transparency for patients and providers, essentially requires patients to know their diagnosis before seeking care, and could lead to patients delaying life-saving medical treatment. The outpatient imaging policy also lacks transparency, is confusing to patients and providers, and will result in some patients failing to receive diagnostic testing.

FAH continues to encourage Anthem to retract these polices and work with our organizations to ensure Anthem members have access to high-quality, timely care.

You can find the complete letter here.

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