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Category Archives: health-care-delivery

FAH Comments on FCC Telehealth Pilot Program

October 05, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog team

Category: Health Care Delivery, HIT

FAH sent a comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week supporting the Connected Care Pilot Program, which earmarks $100 million to support telehealth for low-income Americans, especially those living in rural areas and veterans.

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FAH Comments on CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

September 11, 2018 | FAH Policy Team

Category: Financing, Health Care Delivery

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) submitted comments late today on CMS’ Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.

In a letter to CMS Administrator Seem Verma, FAH wrote, “It is imperative that providers focus on the care and well-being of their patients without unnecessary regulatory burden getting in the way…we appreciate CMS identifying a number of areas where policies can be updated, and burden reduced. However, we do have significant concerns with a number of CMS’s proposed policies including the proposal to collapse the payment rates for E/M visit codes.”

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FAH Leader: Boehler is a Real World Innovator, Well Suited for New Role

July 18, 2018 | Chip Kahn

Category: Health Care Delivery, Medicaid, Medicare

“A fresh take on health care is certainly called for and Adam brings that to this new and important position. He has been an actual innovator in health care, working in the real world, looking for new ways to serve patients and their families better as well as making caregiving more efficient and effective.

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FAH Outlines Issues with Proposed Medicaid Access Rule

May 23, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Medicaid

In a letter sent today to CMS Administrator Seem Verma, the FAH outlines several concerns with policies contained in the Medicaid Access Proposed Rule. Under current Medicaid law, states are required to assure that Medicaid payments are “consistent with efficiency, economy, and quality of care are sufficient to enlist enough providers so that care and services are available…..” In November 2015, CMS finalized regulations requiring states to use a process to document compliance with the legal standard for demonstrating sufficient payment. The Proposed Rule issued by CMS and which the FAH commented on today, would inappropriately loosen those requirements. Areas highlighted in the letter include:

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