AHA, FAH urge Senate to oppose attempts to weaken physician self-referral law

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The AHA and Federation of American Hospitals yesterday expressed strong opposition to the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act (S. 1133), and any other legislation that would repeal or modify current law to expand self-referral to physician-owned hospitals. The bill was introduced last month... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, self-referral

AHA, FAH urge Congress to oppose attempts to weaken physician self-referral law

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The AHA and Federation of American Hospitals today expressed strong opposition to the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act (H.R. 1156), and any other legislation that would repeal or modify current law to expand self-referral to physician-owned hospitals. “For more than 15 years, community... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, self-referral

HHS: Fraud and abuse laws are impediment to improved care and efficiencies

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The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in an unpublicized report, has responded to Congress’ request for options to amend the existing fraud and abuse laws. The report offers no legislative or regulatory proposals. Instead it provides observations on the effect of fraud and abuse laws, concluding... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, self-referral, clinical integration

Outdated Regs Impede Care Transformation

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Every day hospitals and health systems seek to provide the best care for each and every patient. But a growing list of regulatory barriers hampers their efforts to transform and improve care. Improving the coordination of patient care is a prime example. Last week, we released a report as part of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification, self-referral, clinical integration, antitrust

Hospital leaders urge Congress to remove legal barriers to health care transformation

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The Senate Finance Committee today held a hearing on ways to improve and reform the Stark physician self-referral law. Witnesses unanimously recommended that the compensation portion of the Stark law be removed. “The Stark Law imposes substantial limits on a hospital’s ability to participate in innovative... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, advocacy, self-referral

AHA to Congress: Remove legal barriers to care coordination

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The AHA today shared with Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services a report examining barriers to transforming health care delivery created by outdated fraud and abuse laws. The report identifies seven major barriers created by the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws and/or regulations that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, self-referral, clinical integration, care coordination

Hatch issues paper to 'jumpstart' Stark law reform discussion

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today released a white paper examining potential reforms to the physician self-referral law to remove barriers that prevent moving to alternative payment models. “While the original goals of the Stark law were appropriate, today it is presenting a real... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation, self-referral

AHA urges Congress to remove legal barriers to value-based payment arrangements

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Congress should adopt a single broad exception to federal fraud and abuse laws for financial relationships designed to foster collaboration, efficiencies and improvements in health care, AHA told leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees today. “Hospitals, physicians and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, value-based purchasing, advocacy, VBP, self-referral

CMS finalizes fraud and abuse waivers for Medicare ACOs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General today finalized waivers from fraud and abuse rules for Accountable Care Organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. As urged by AHA, the final rule maintains key... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physician issues, Medicare, ACO, regulation, self-referral

AHA Op-Ed: Support true competition among hospitals

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The ban on physician referral to hospitals in which they have an ownership interest helps ensure hospitals are able to care for their communities, AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock explains in an opinion piece today in The Hill. “Unfortunately, today some in Congress want to eliminate the ban and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, Medicare, self-referral

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