The FAH Responds to HHS Announcement of Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People Initiative

The FAH has long supported patient-centered care and care coordination efforts aimed at providing high quality, value-based care. For more than a decade, our hospitals have been leaders in partnering with Medicare to link payments to quality and value. We welcome Secretary Burwell’s announcement outlining goals and timelines that further shift the focus of Medicare payments to a value-based system. As we proceed, it is important that Medicare take the time to test new approaches and ensure that only reforms proven to be efficient and effective are put in place. The impact of our efforts to date is evidenced by […] Read More »

Working Towards a Permanent SGR Solution: What Policymakers Need to Know

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold its second day of hearings titled, “A Permanent Solution to the SGR: The Time Is Now” to consider ways to end years-long temporary patches and stop-gap policy measures regarding the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR), or doc fix. The FAH applauds the Subcommittee for beginning its work on this effort in earnest at the start of the legislative year.  We also have provided testimony outlining key issues the Subcommittee must take into consideration in creating a permanent SGR solution. Key among these recommendations: the SGR fix should not be […] Read More »

The FAH Submits Congressional Testimony Regarding the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate

This week, the FAH submitted testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health ahead of its two-day hearing, “A Permanent Solution to the SGR: The Time Is Now.” The sustainable growth rate (SGR) is a formula that determines Medicare payments to doctors, which has been an annual concern for policymakers in the face of payment reductions that would severely impact patients, physicians and the Medicare system.  For several years legislators have implemented stop-gap measures to prevent these increases; this week the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will endeavor to create a permanent solution to the SGR […] Read More »