Ad­dress­ing $113 bil­lion in cuts tops FAH agenda

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Who: David Vandewater, 60

Serv­ing as: In­com­ing chair­man of the Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tals, which rep­re­sents in­vestor-owned hospi­tal chains. His term is one year.

Re­sume in­cludes: Cur­rent pres­i­dent and CEO of Ar­dent Health Ser­vices, Nashville, which he joined in 2001 when it was Be­hav­ioral Health Corp. Ar­dent op­er­ates 11 hos­pi­tals in New Mex­ico, Ok­la­homa and Texas. Pre­vi­ously, he served as pres­i­dent and COO at Columbia/HCA, CEO of Vista Hills Med­i­cal Cen­ter, El Paso, Texas, and ex­ec­u­tive VP and COO at Repub­lic Health Corp.

Pri­or­i­ties dur­ing his term: The FAH, along with the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, is ad­dress­ing the $113 bil­lion in new cuts to providers. “We need to keep pol­i­cy­mak­ers and politi­cians ed­u­cated on the chal­lenges we have in our hos­pi­tals and make them sen­si­tive to the fact that pro­vid­ing care is ex­pen­sive,” Vandewater says. The sec­tor has al­ready faced $320 bil­lion in ACA-re­lated cuts since 2010, the FAH said.

Fo­cus on Medi­care mar­gins: With se­ques­tra­tion cuts in­cluded, Medi­care mar­gins are pro­jected to be neg­a­tive 8% in fis­cal 2014, the FAH said, cit­ing Medi­care Pay­ment Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion es­ti­mates. “We think that we’ve given ev­ery­thing that we’ve been asked and we think it’s time for folks to stop look­ing at Medi­care to pay for ev­ery­thing else,” Vandewater says.

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