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The FAH Responds to HHS Announcement of Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People Initiative

January 26, 2015 | Chip Kahn

Category: Medicare

The FAH has long supported patient-centered care and care coordination efforts aimed at providing high quality, value-based care. For more than a decade, our hospitals have been leaders in partnering with Medicare to link payments to quality and value.

We welcome Secretary Burwell’s announcement outlining goals and timelines that further shift the focus of Medicare payments to a value-based system. As we proceed, it is important that Medicare take the time to test new approaches and ensure that only reforms proven to be efficient and effective are put in place.

The impact of our efforts to date is evidenced by historically low hospital price growth and the enduring U.S. healthcare spending slowdown. At the same time, since 2010, hospitals have been forced to weather a steady stream of cuts totaling $122 billion. Further cuts would undermine our ability to invest in delivery system innovations needed to continue this trend.

We are gratified that Secretary Burwell and HHS are focusing on quality patient-centered care and we look forward to working with HHS.