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Category Archives: quality

Hospitals Improving Patient Safety, but Quality Program Needs Overhaul

June 11, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog team

Category: Quality

Hospitals are dedicated to providing safe care to the communities they serve. They have been working tirelessly to makepatients safer by reducing hospital-acquired infections and it is paying off. But despite the success, some hospitals are still being penalized by a system that doesn’t recognize recent trends in improvement.

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LifePoint Health Receives Prestigious John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety

March 14, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Quality

LifePoint Health received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety at the Local Level on Tuesday at the National Quality Forum (NQF) Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

The company received the honor for its National Quality Program, which was created in partnership with Duke University Health System. The program has led to significant enhancements across the LifePoint network, including a more than 60 percent improvement in aggregate patient safety.

LifePoint Health, a member of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), is the first investor-owned health system to earn an Eisenberg Award.

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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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FAH to CMS: Hospital Star Ratings New Methodology Needs Improvement

September 28, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: General, Quality

The Federation of American Hospitals this week commented on the CMS proposed methodology changes for the Medicare Hospital Star Rating program.

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