Category Archives: medicare
May 08, 2018 | Chip Kahn
Providing health care for rural Americans comes with unique challenges. It frequently will require unique solutions. FAH and our members have long advocated for assuring the more than 60 million people who live in rural areas have access to timely, quality care. Advancing the use of telehealth, tailoring Medicare and Medicaid programs to better serve small communities and the other objectives laid out by CMS today will ultimately help patients and those hospitals that serve them.
April 25, 2018 | Chip Kahn
Category: Financing, Medicare, Transparency
The newly released IPPS Proposed Rule goes a long way to putting patients first.
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.
March 22, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team
In a good report full of facts and figures, it is tempting to pick out one or two and claim they prove your point. Unfortunately, this morning’s (March 22nd) Axios Vitals selectively used data from MedPAC’s March Report to Congress to suggest that hospitals lose money on Medicare because they are inefficient. The blurb entitled “Let’s talk about hospitals’ Medicare margins” misses what is arguably MedPAC’s most compelling data point: 331 “relatively efficient” hospitals experienced a negative Medicare margin in 2016. It’s on page 86 – just two pages past the points highlighted by Axios.