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FAH Leader Tackles Value Based Payment in New Health Affairs Blog

July 13, 2016 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: FAH News, Medicare, Quality

Today, Health Affairs published a new blog authored by Federation of American Hospitals President and CEO Chip Kahn entitled Dynamic Debate: Health Affairs Forum Begins Value-Based Payment Discussion. It looks at the current state of health care payment systems and examines ways they can be improved.

In May Health Affairs brought together a wide range of experts to examine this important issue. Kahn’s blog uses that forum as a jumping off point to dig deeper into the topic.

“Several recent laws have strengthened Medicare’s incentives for quality improvement and accountability, including MACRA, the Affordable Care Act, the IMPACT Act, and the HITECH Act. Congress passed these laws for the right reasons, and many stakeholders believe they have had a positive effect. But it is time to reassess the programs included in these laws, such as the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, so we can be assured that they continue to promote better health care delivery.”

FAH was a co-sponsor of the forum and Kahn is hopeful that this blog will keep the discussion moving forward by focusing on what’s next.

“The current performance-based payment measurement and data systems are too narrow, and changes are needed. We need to consider how to develop an integrated system of measurement, reporting, payment, and improvement that emphasizes better utilization of advanced analytics paired with good science,” Kahn wrote. “It is clear that reaching these objectives will require adjustments to some of Medicare’s measurement programs. The Administration can make some adjustments through regulation, but overall redirection and key fixes will require legislation. In 2017, Congress and the new Administration must engage in a process to review the value of these programs.”

You can read the entire blog by clicking here.