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Category Archives: medicare

FAH Comments on 2018 Medicare Advantage Call Letter

March 03, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Medicaid, Medicare

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today regarding the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2018 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2018 Call Letter (“Call Letter”). FAH is pleased that the agency is proposing to increase MA Organizations’ (MAOs) baseline payments, but has several issues with other proposals laid out in the Call Letter. Adoption of adequate payment policies is critical for ensuring enrollees’ access to quality health care services.

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Seema Verma is the Right Choice at the Right Time

March 01, 2017 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, Health Care Delivery, Medicaid, Medicare

Medicare and Medicaid have seen many changes since the programs were created more than five decades ago – from the people they cover to the way benefits are administered. However, there has been one constant – smart, savvy leaders in charge with an unwavering commitment to the best interests of the program’s beneficiaries. It isn’t easy to lead the agency that runs these programs - now known as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). During my 40 years in health care policy, I have known and had the privilege to work closely with each of the CMS Administrators and seen them navigate countless political and policy pitfalls. I believe our nation has been fortunate to always have leaders at the Agency of the highest quality and integrity whose knowledge and abilities seemed to always fit the times.

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Hospital Groups to Congress: Maintain Ban on Self-Referral to Physician-Owned Facilities

February 24, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) sent a joint letter to each member of the House and Senate on Friday urging them oppose any legislation that would repeal or modify current law to expand self-referral to physician-owned hospitals.

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Mayors Urge Congress to Restore Hospital Funding in ACA Repeal

February 08, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Rural

The Mayors of five Arizona cities recently penned an op-ed that contained a simple message for those in Washington – ACA repeal must also restore Medicare funding for hospitals. “Cutting Medicare years ago hurt hospitals. Not restoring that funding now would be disastrous for cities and patients,” the mayors of Scottsdale, Mesa, Yuma, Prescott and Chandler wrote in the Arizona Republic. The op-ed lays out the importance of hospitals in each of their communities – from the impact on jobs and the economy to the vital care they provide to patients.

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