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Category Archives: realignment

FAH Leader Comments on Trump Administration’s Health Care Competition Report

December 03, 2018 | Chip Kahn

Category: Health Care Delivery, Realignment

Too many elements of the Administration’s report resort to the same old bromides that got us here in the first place, and would reverse the progress hospitals and others are hard at work on.

The FAH shares the Administration’s goal to improve choice and competition for patients. We support several specific recommendations regarding the benefits of telehealth and streamlining quality measurement programs. And we agree that a more engaged consumer is key to driving value.

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Modern Healthcare Spotlights Success Story in Detroit

September 30, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Realignment

In a Q&A piece this week, Modern Healthcare highlights the work of Joe Mullany, CEO of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), a successful nine-hospital system owned and operated by Tenet Healthcare. The DMC represents one of the more than 1,000 hospital members of the Federation of American Hospitals.

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Insurer Consolidation: “Megadeals” on the Horizon, Pose Major Implications for Premiums and Fees for

June 19, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: General, Health Care Delivery, Realignment

A Wall Street Journal article out this week assesses several major, multi-billion dollar mergers being pursued among insurance company giants and the impact of a changing paradigm of benefit plans on consumers. The story highlights the wave of major deals between the five largest insurance companies in the U.S.: Cigna, Humana, Anthem, Aetna and United, and outlines the motives for this latest set of mergers or “tie-ups.”

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New Altarum Report Shows First-Ever Negative Hospital Price Growth

March 13, 2015 | FAH Hospital Policy Blog Team

Category: Health Care Delivery, Realignment

Today, the Altarum Institute released its monthly Health Sector Economic Indicators Price Brief showing evidence of negative hospital price growth for Medicare and “other” payers. According to the report, January 2015 data indicate an overall negative hospital price growth for the first time ever.

The Altarum Institute’s monthly reports regularly reveal key insights into the health of health care and this month’s report reveals key news for hospital price growth:
“The big news is the first ever negative hospital price growth (-0.1%), along with the historically low hospital price growth for Medicare (-2.9%) and “other” payers (1.6%).”
The health care market showed a continued decrease in growth for Medicare and “other” prices:
“Medicare and Medicaid prices grew more slowly than “other” prices, which include private payment. Hospital prices for Medicare and Medicaid patients changed by -2.9% and -0.1%, respectively, down 2.2% from December for Medicare and down 0.5% for Medicaid.“
Further, the report’s negative hospital price growth data reconfirm the truth about hospital realignment, refuting the enduring misconception that hospital realignment leads to hospital price increases. As the report directly states:
“The long predicted hospital price growth due to consolidation is nowhere to be found!”

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