March 03, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team
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.
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.
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.
February 22, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team
Category: FAH News, Health Care Delivery, Quality
In an op-ed published in this week’s Modern Healthcare, FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn talked about telehealth – from the advantages it provides patients to the challenges it faces legislatively.