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Committees

Those who know the investor-owned hospital industry best – the health care professionals who manage and operate our high-quality hospitals – constitute the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) membership and its committee structure, which long has been the backbone of our organization. The active involvement of our members is even more essential as political and regulatory issues facing the industry have grown in complexity, importance and political sensitivity.

The members who voluntarily serve on FAH committees consist of top executives from various management areas of operations including: finance, government relations, public affairs, quality assurance, and materials management.

The Federation of American Hospitals' key committees are:

Audit, Ethics, Compliance and Administrative Affairs Committee
Exposition Advisory Committee
Health Financing Committee
Legal & Operational Policy Committee
Legislative Committee
Medicaid and Managed Care Committee
Nominating Committee
Public Relations Committee
Quality Committee
Quality Committee Pharmacy Subcommittee
Rural Hospital Committee
Emergency Preparedness Task Force
Federal Tax Task Force
Health Information Technology Task Force
Privacy and Security Task Force

Audit, Ethics, Compliance and Administrative Affairs Committee

The Audit, Ethics, Compliance and Administrative Affairs Committee reviews all controls, systems initiated, and accounting policies; evaluates recommendations of the independent auditing firm pertaining to the annual financial audit and recommend appropriate action; approves new members, bad debt "write-offs", and works with the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) treasurer and the Board of Directors to effect an efficient management of the FAH's business affairs. It also oversees and coordinates all internal administrative affairs of the FAH including membership services, publications, meetings and FAH Conference and Exhibition.

Chair:

Benjamin A. Breier
President & CEO
Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

FAH Staff:

Kerry Price
Chip Kahn
Letitia Faison, CPA

Exposition Advisory Committee

The Exposition Advisory Committee assists the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) staff in planning, promoting and evaluating the business exposition and educational workshops held in conjunction with the Annual Public Policy Conference and Business Exposition. The Committee serves as a liaison between the FAH, Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), and Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs).

Chair:

Jerry A McKinney
Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer
Quorum Health

FAH Staff:

Kerry Price
Jennifer Bell
Sharnika Milline

Health Financing Committee

The Federation of American Hospitals' (FAH) Health Financing Committee, which analyzes and comments on federal legislation, rulemaking by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and policy proposals by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission for their effects on acute hospital reimbursement and payment policies, is at the core of the FAH's operation. It also focuses on legislative and regulatory issues related to rehabilitation, psychiatric and long-term care hospitals.

Chair:

Bob Halinski, MBA
Senior Vice President, Reimbursement
Universal Health Services, Inc.

FAH Staff:

Steve Speil
Paul Kidwell
Erin Richardson

Legal & Operational Policy Committee

The Legal and Operational Policy Committee serves a vital role in advising the Federation of American Hospitals on legal, operational and regulatory issues. The committee is involved with issues related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), antitrust, health care liability, HIPAA, regulatory reform, fraud and abuse and compliance issues. The committee interacts closely with the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS Office of Inspector General and other regulatory agencies.

Chair:

Hal McCard
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Quorum Health

FAH Staff:

Katie Tenoever
Erin Richardson

Legislative Committee

Since hospitals are one of the most highly regulated industries in the country, the Federation of American Hospitals' (FAH) Legislative Committee is one of the most active. In developing strategy and advocating the FAH's legislative agenda, committee members are able to lend their health care expertise to Washington and offer sensible, realistic input on legislation. In addition, members work within their companies and hospitals to develop alliances with like-minded associations and other providers. By coordinating constituent contacts and framing our advocacy message, the committee serves as a valuable resource for the FAH's grassroots program.

Chair:

Corey Davison
Vice President, Government Relations
Tenet Healthcare

FAH Staff:

Jeff E. Cohen
Katie Wise

Medicaid and Managed Care Committee

Chairs:

Mark Poppell, Co-Chair
Vice President, Reimbursement
LifePoint

Kathryn Torres, Co-Chair
Senior VP, Employer and Payer Engagement
HCA

FAH Staff:

Steven Speil
Katie Tenoever
Paul Kidwell
Erin Richardson

Nominating Committee

The purpose of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) Nominating Committee is to select a slate of officers and directors for the FAH and to review and verify eligibility of the nominees for the Board of Governors.

Chair:

Vacant

FAH Staff:

Chip Kahn
Katie Tenoever

Public Relations Committee

The Federation of American Hospitals' (FAH) advocacy role is supported by its Public Relations Committee, which works closely with other committees to craft the association's message on legislative, regulatory and industry developments. It also serves as an educational resource for the public and the media focusing on (with regard to) the benefits and contributions FAH member hospitals bring to the communities they serve. Committee members include FAH member company (some of the industry's) senior public affairs, government relations and communications professionals.

Chair:

Tomi Galin
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Community Health Systems

FAH Staff:

Leah Evangelista
Sean Brown

Quality Committee

The Quality Committee addresses patient safety and quality-related issues as they impact the nation's hospitals. Specific duties include guiding Federation of American Hospitals' participation in the Hospital Quality Alliance, the review of federal quality-related legislation and regulations, as well as the work of The Joint Commission (TJC), the National Quality Forum, the Leapfrog Group, and other quality-related organizations. The committee also works closely with the Legal and Operational Policy Committee on areas of mutual interest and the Health Financing Committee regarding pay for performance initiatives.

Chair:

Lynn T. Simon, MD, MBA
President, Clinical Services & Chief Quality Officer
Community Health Systems
 

FAH Staff:

Erin Richardson
Steve Speil

Quality Committee Pharmacy Subcommittee

The Pharmacy Subcommittee of the Quality Committee addresses public policy issues related to pharmaceutical safety, access, dispensing and disposal. The Committee works closely with the Legal and Operational Policy and Legislative Committees on areas of mutual interest. Specific duties include monitoring legislation affecting hospital pharmaceutical issues, guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (including the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Pharmacopeia.

Chair:

Karla Miller, PharmD, BCPP
Assistant Vice President Pharmacy Services & Clinical Therapeutics
HCA

FAH Staff:

Paul Kidwell

Rural Hospital Committee

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) membership includes nearly 400 rural hospitals and health systems. With nearly one-in-four Medicare beneficiaries living in rural America, the FAH's Rural Committee serves as not only a focal point for rural hospital issues, but also as an educational tool for congressional members and their staffs on rural issues in their communities. Through this committee -and in conjunction with the Legislative, Health Financing and Public Relations Committees - the FAH's rural membership develops and advocates policies to increase the quality of health care delivery in rural America.

Chair:

David Critchlow
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
LifePoint

FAH Staff:

Jeff E. Cohen
Katie Wise

Emergency Preparedness Task Force

The purpose of the Emergency Preparedness Task Force is to provide expertise to federal policy makers as they consider legislation and/or regulations concerning nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks and natural disasters, including hurricanes and pandemics, by creating an expert body of Federation of American Hospitals member personnel with a range of backgrounds and professional responsibilities.  The Task Force will also provide direction to FAH staff on how the association can be helpful during future preparedness situations affecting its members.

Chair:

Michael Wargo, N, BSN, MBA, PHRN, CMTE
Assistant Vice President, Preparedness and Management - Clinical Services Group
HCA

FAH Staff: Katie Wise
Erin Richardson

Federal Tax Task Force

Chair:

Lee Grubbs
Vice President Chief Tax Officer
HCA

FAH Staff:

Jeff E. Cohen
Katie Tenoever

Health Information Technology Task Force

The Health Information Technology Task Force (HIT), which reports to the Quality Committee, identifies and prioritizes key hospital issues in HIT adoption, such as standards, incentives, investor-owned parity and funding.

Chair:

Alan Smith
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
RCCH HealthCare Partners

FAH Staff:

Erin Richardson
Katie Tenoever

Privacy and Security Task Force

FAH Staff:

Katie Tenoever