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Category Archives: health-care-delivery

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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FAH, AHA Urge Congress to Oppose Physician-Owned Hospital Bill

March 09, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Legislation

FAH and AHA sent a letter to members of Congress Monday urging them to oppose H.R. 1156/S. 1133, the ‘‘Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017,” legislation that would repeal current law limiting self-referral to physician-owned hospitals.

The letter uses new data to highlight the harmful impact self-referral has on the hospital industry.

“The empirical record is clear that these conflict-of-interest arrangements of hospital ownership and self-referral by physicians result in cherry-picking of the healthiest and wealthiest patients, excessive utilization of care, and patient safety concerns,” wrote FAH and AHA.

You can read the entire letter here.

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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 Supports House CHIP Reauthorization Bill

October 31, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Legislation, Medicaid

The Federation of American Hospitals sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) on Tuesday expressing support for HR 3922, legislation that reauthorizes funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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