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Category Archives: quality

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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Standing up for Rural Hospitals

May 19, 2017 | Chip Kahn

Category: FAH News, Quality, Rural

Temperatures are heating up, classes are winding down and the Memorial Day Weekend is almost here – all sure signs that summer is almost here. The auto club AAA estimates that over the next few days nearly 40 million people will get away to the beach, the lake or the mountains looking to cool off and relax!

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Looking to the Future of Value Based Payments

April 18, 2017 | Chip Kahn

Category: Health Care Delivery, Quality, Transparency

Measures that matter, return on investment, and meaningful reporting – these are three things our industry needs to focus on as we look to the future of value based payments.

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