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Category Archives: quality

FAH, Hospital Groups Continue to Raise Questions About Star Ratings

July 08, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Quality

The FAH along with three other national hospitals groups sent a letter Thursday to CMS expressing concern that the agency is not engaging with hospitals in developing a more fair and accurate assessment of quality through the hospital overall star ratings methodology.

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FAH Comments are Critical of FY 17 IPPS Proposed Rule

June 20, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Financing, Quality

FAH filed comments with CMS Friday afternoon in response to the agency’s proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems Rule for 2017. The Federation’s letter strongly objects to CMS’s proposal to change the manner in which it distributes DSH funds from the uncompensated care pool. The chief concern is that “CMS is moving too quickly to use a form, Worksheet S-10, to distribute UC-DSH funds that is not clear in its construction and instructions, not consistently prepared by hospitals, and not yet subject to audit for accuracy. CMS simply has not done enough, many say very little, to fix the problems inherent in this form.” The letter describes a litany of data, definition, and process issues, and details concerns that the S-10 does not recognize hospital discounts. FAH recommends that CMS not rely on the S-10 until those issues are addressed, but that if the agency insists on moving forward it delay the introduction of the form and lengthen the proposed transition.

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FAH, Other Hospital Groups Ask CMS to Delay New Measures

May 25, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Health Care Delivery, Quality

A hospital coalition letter sent this week to CMS seeks an implementation delay of at least a six months for two new measure sets in the psychiatric hospital quality and payment program.

The letter was signed by the Federation of American Hospitals, American Hospital Association, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute. It describes the challenges hospitals encounter in collecting the data to report and the Screening for Metabolic Disorders, which is not endorsed by the National Quality Forum (“NQF”) the measures of Transition Record Documentation (NQF #0647 and #0648)

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FAH CEO: HA Forum Offered “Fresh Look” at Value Based Payment Programs

May 12, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Financing, Quality

This morning Health Affairs held a forum entitled “Envisioning The Future Of Value Based Payment” in DC. The forum provided a platform for a broad spectrum of accomplished panelists to discuss existing and developing value-based payment programs for hospitals and physicians, as well as how paying for value should evolve in a future with electronic health records, big data analytics, and personalized medicine. The panelist included keynote remarks by David Blumenthal, President of the Commonwealth Fund, HCA’s Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin and many other health care experts. The Federation of American Hospitals was one of the sponsors of this important event.

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