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

ICYMI: FAH Leader Addresses Challenges, Advantages of Telehealth in Modern Healthcare Op-Ed

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.

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Analysis Highlights Need to Maintain Law Banning Self-Referral to Physician-Owned Hospitals

February 16, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News

For more than fifteen years, community hospitals, policymakers, the business community and governmental advisory bodies have grappled with overutilization and higher health care costs caused by self-referrals to physician-owned hospitals. Conflicts of interest are inherent in these arrangements, where physicians refer their patients to hospitals in which they have an ownership interest. More than seven years ago, after a decade of studies and Congressional hearings showing the adverse impact of these arrangements, Congress acted to protect the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and the taxpayers that fund them, by imposing a prospective ban on self-referral to physician-owned hospitals.

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FAH Statement on Confirmation of Dr. Price as HHS Secretary

February 10, 2017 | Chip Kahn

Category: Affordable Care Act, FAH News, Health Care Delivery, Media

The Federation of American Hospitals congratulates Dr. Tom Price on becoming the HHS Secretary.

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Mayors Urge Congress to Restore Hospital Funding in ACA Repeal

February 08, 2017 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Rural

The Mayors of five Arizona cities recently penned an op-ed that contained a simple message for those in Washington – ACA repeal must also restore Medicare funding for hospitals. “Cutting Medicare years ago hurt hospitals. Not restoring that funding now would be disastrous for cities and patients,” the mayors of Scottsdale, Mesa, Yuma, Prescott and Chandler wrote in the Arizona Republic. The op-ed lays out the importance of hospitals in each of their communities – from the impact on jobs and the economy to the vital care they provide to patients.

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