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Axios Vitals’ Report on Medicare Margins Misses Key Data Point from MedPAC Report

March 22, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Medicare

In a good report full of facts and figures, it is tempting to pick out one or two and claim they prove your point. Unfortunately, this morning’s (March 22nd) Axios Vitals selectively used data from MedPAC’s March Report to Congress to suggest that hospitals lose money on Medicare because they are inefficient. The blurb entitled “Let’s talk about hospitals’ Medicare margins” misses what is arguably MedPAC’s most compelling data point: 331 “relatively efficient” hospitals experienced a negative Medicare margin in 2016. It’s on page 86 – just two pages past the points highlighted by Axios.

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Coalition Asks Congress to Act Now on Vital Health Care Issues

March 19, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Insurance, Legislation

A coalition of prominent health care and business associations, including the Federation of American Hospitals, sent a letter today to Congressional leaders asking that they take action to lower health care premiums.

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FAH Highlights to Congress Effective Ways to Combat Opioid Epidemic

March 16, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Legislation, Pharmaceuticals

FAH sent a letter today to leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee highlighting policy changes that would help in battling the opioid epidemic.

Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Richard Neal (D-MA), Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Sander Levin (D-MI) recently asked stakeholders to share their thoughts on ways to fight the crisis.

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LifePoint Health Receives Prestigious John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety

March 14, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Quality

LifePoint Health received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety at the Local Level on Tuesday at the National Quality Forum (NQF) Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

The company received the honor for its National Quality Program, which was created in partnership with Duke University Health System. The program has led to significant enhancements across the LifePoint network, including a more than 60 percent improvement in aggregate patient safety.

LifePoint Health, a member of the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), is the first investor-owned health system to earn an Eisenberg Award.

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