The American Hospital Association (AHA) seeks to lead, represent and serve hospitals, health systems and other related organizations in this rapidly changing environment.

We have developed a number of mechanisms and resources (outlined below) to help our members navigate the maze of complex change occurring. 

Leadership Toolkit for Redefining the H: Engaging Trustees and Communities

Two AHA committees, the Committee on Research and the Committee on Performance Improvement, partnered together in 2014 to better understand where hospitals and communities are in their journeys of transformation.

Jointly the committees have released “Leadership Toolkit for Redefining the H: Engaging Trustees and Communities.” The toolkit includes community research, recommendations and other insights on how hospitals leaders can work with patients, families and diverse community partners to meet the challenges of a transforming health care field. It also includes eight additional tools and resources focused on engaging communities and trustees.

The AHA’s Committee on Research (COR) focuses on the development of the AHA Research Agenda and monitors the process toward answering the AHA Research Agenda questions and studies a topic in depth for reporting to the AHA Board and the field.

The Committee on Performance Improvement provides guidance to AHA’s strategy to support performance improvement across the membership, as well as improved quality as defined by the six IOM aims (safe, effective, efficient, equitable, timeliness, and patient-centered).

For more, visit and click on “Research Trends.” 

The Second Curve of Health Care

Building on the Committee for Performance Improvement’s ground-breaking report, “Hospitals and Care Systems of the Future,” the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative (HPOE) continues to provide resources to help hospitals and health systems navigate their journey from volume- to value-based payments over the next decade. Recent resources have included: 

2015 AHA Environmental Scan 

The 2015 AHA Environmental Scan is designed to help hospital and health system leaders better understand the health care landscape. In this webcast, AHA leaders provide insight and information about market forces that have a high probability of affecting the health care field.

The 2015 Environmental Scan is compiled from nationally recognized sources with recommendations from AHA governance committees.

For more, visit and click on “Research Trends.”



Trustee Education

Trustees play a critical role in hospital planning. That’s why the AHA has launched an ongoing trustee education series to help provide hospital boards with a better understanding of the forces driving transformation in health care delivery. Previous toolkits focus on Equity of Care and Redefining the H.

In addition, the Center for Healthcare Governance provides state-of-the-art education, research, publications, services, tools, and other governance resources to help hospitals achieve and maintain consistency and excellence throughout their governance program.

The Center’s “Great Boards" newsletter also provides the latest thinking on governance issues.

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  Health Care System Transformation Fellowship 

The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) administers the AHA Health Care Transformation Fellowship.

Developed for C-level suite executives and senior executives from finance, operations, strategy and physician relations/medical leadership, this nine-month, highly interactive program provides a road map of how to design and plan for new care delivery and payment models. Fellows attend in-person learning retreats and webinars, learn from organizations that have developed and executed these models, and begin to implement their own project. Peer group networking with current fellows and faculty is encouraged and facilitated.

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