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Category Archives: media

FAH Comments on CMS 2019 MA Draft Call Letter

March 12, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Media, Medicare

FAH recently submitted a comment letter to CMS on the 2019 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter. FAH urged CMS to use caution when allowing MA organizations (MAOs) greater flexibility regarding cost-sharing and benefit design (e.g., tiered cost-sharing, increased cost-sharing to manage utilization, and new interpretation of the uniformity requirements), as these changes could limit transparency and increase beneficiary costs and confusion.

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FAH Leader Comments on Secretary Azar’s Remarks at FAH Annual Meeting

March 06, 2018 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, Media

“We were pleased that Sec. Azar chose our meeting for one of his first major public addresses. It was an opportunity for all of us to hear his agenda first hand. We are excited for the opportunity to partner with HHS as the Secretary’s agenda develops, which is so important to all Americans.”

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FAH Announces Speakers for 2018 Annual Public Policy Conference & Business Exposition

February 28, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Media

WHAT: The annual public policy conference of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) WHEN: Monday, March 5, 2018 WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Main Ballroom, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W., Washington, DC FEATURED SPEAKERS:

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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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