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Perspectives on health policy affecting America’s hospitals and the patients we serve.

FAH, AHA Urge Congress to Oppose Physician-Owned Hospital Bill

March 09, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Legislation

FAH and AHA sent a letter to members of Congress Monday urging them to oppose H.R. 1156/S. 1133, the ‘‘Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017,” legislation that would repeal current law limiting self-referral to physician-owned hospitals.

The letter uses new data to highlight the harmful impact self-referral has on the hospital industry.

“The empirical record is clear that these conflict-of-interest arrangements of hospital ownership and self-referral by physicians result in cherry-picking of the healthiest and wealthiest patients, excessive utilization of care, and patient safety concerns,” wrote FAH and AHA.

You can read the entire letter here.

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FAH Presents Annual Corris Boyd Leadership Award to Ed Hardin

March 07, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News

This week the Federation of American Hospitals presented Edmond Hardin, Senior Vice President for Supply Chain Management at Beaumont Health, with the 12th annual Corris Boyd Leadership Award. Hardin was honored March 5th during the FAH Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Presenter Jerry McKinney, Chairman of the FAH Exposition Advisory Committee, was joined on stage by a special guest – Corris Boyd’s wife, Vanessa.

“This award is given annually in memory of our late friend. Corris Boyd was an exceptional person and an outstanding leader in workplace diversity. This award is our way of keeping his legacy of excellence going and we are so happy to have Vanessa here to take part,” McKinney said.

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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 Comments on Association Health Plans

March 06, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Insurance

Today, the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the Proposed Rule amending current regulation making it easier for small employers and sole proprietors to band together as part of an association with the expressed purpose of offering health insurance to the employees of the association’s employer members (Association Health Plans). In most cases, the health insurance offered by the association would be treated as an employer-sponsored plan regulated as large group coverage rather than individual or small group coverage.

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