FAH President & CEO Assesses the State of Health IT in New Commentary

FAH President and CEO Charles N. Kahn III assesses the status of the HITECH Act and the state of electronic health record (EHR) implementation and health information exchange more than 5 years since the legislation’s passing in a comprehensive commentary published in this week’s Modern Healthcare magazine. The adoption and implementation of EHRs have been a major priority for the health care community since the passage of the HITECH Act, and President Obama’s 5-year computerization pledge in 2009.  While the HITECH Act, through the EHR Incentive Programs, has been extremely successful in driving uptake of EHRs, other national priorities addressed [...] Read More »

Health IT Summit Discusses Importance of Data Analytics for Patients, Providers

Leading health care experts from across the industry gathered this week for the Institute for Health Technology Transformation Health IT Summit in Washington, DC, better known as iHT2.  In its eighth year, this summit  convenes key voices in health policy and operations in a variety of healthcare markets for substantive discussion on a host of issues regarding the ever important issue of Health IT and health care innovation. Samantha Burch, Vice President of Legislation and Health Information Technology for the Federation of American Hospitals and iHT2 Advisory Board Member, helped lead a panel discussion at the conference called “Digging Deeper [...] Read More »

The Bigger Fiscal Picture for Hospitals

In a recent interview with John Reichard of CQ HealthBeat News, FAH President and CEO Chip Kahn discussed the state of affairs for hospitals and the challenges facing care providers seeking to protect patient access to care.  Reichard explains: “The Federation’s view is that hospitals have already taken huge cuts in the health care overhaul law and later legislation and so are off limits for further reductions.  But a recent announcement by the Obama administration that hospitals have saved billions in uncompensated care costs because of the health law could make hospitals a target once again if lawmakers have short [...] Read More »