Statement Issued by the FAH On House Ways & Means Hospital Improvements for Payment Act Of 2014 Discussion Draft

The Federation applauds the Ways and Means Committee for its efforts to reform a number of complex hospital Medicare payment policies, and for the Committee’s continuing commitment to engage stakeholders in the policymaking process.  The Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 discussion draft is a serious and thoughtful effort and deserves a carefully considered, in-depth policy assessment, which we will do with our hospital membership. In advance, however, we must comment on the provision which affects the current self-referral law.  We are seriously concerned with efforts to roll back the self-referral law, which run the risk of bringing back [...] Read More »

FAH President & CEO Kahn Featured Speaker at Nashville Health Care Council Event

This week, FAH President and CEO Charles N. Kahn participated in a Nashville Health Care Council’s (NHCC) panel titled, “ An Evolving Landscape: Health Care Post ACA.” The panel discussion was attended by more than 250 leaders of the health care industry. Chip was joined on the policy discussion panel by Jim Srite, senior vice president and chief actuary, BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee; Michael Taylor, senior vice president of health and benefits, Aon Hewitt Consulting; and Dr. Michael Weiner, director of health care strategic services, IBM.  Dr. Reed Tuckson, former executive vice president and chief of medical affairs at [...] Read More »

Hospital Realignment: Real Benefits to Communities, Patient Access to Care Protected

Over the course of recent weeks, we have seen a growing trend in press coverage of hospital realignment.  More and more, reporting has highlighted cases of contemporary mergers, outlining significant benefits to patients and communities as well as robust competition in local markets where these transactions are taking place.  Fresh metrics tied to 21st century hospital realignment are providing the clearest, most accurate picture of the impact on the health care industry. And that picture provides quite the juxtaposition to the common misconceptions perpetuated since the 1990s.  Reliance on twenty-year old data and reference to a U.S. economy from that [...] Read More »