With the continued threat of cuts to hospital and health system payments-both now and after the November election-the AHA is organizing additional ways for members' voices to be heard.
The AHA Advocacy Alliances listed below provide you with another way to engage your legislators on the specific issue or issues that have a direct impact on your ability to continue providing quality health care services in your community. Activities will include special briefing calls and e-mails to keep members up-to-date on key developments, special breakout sessions at AHA Advocacy Days, direct member outreach, and other issue-specific resources.
The AHA Advocacy Alliance for Rural Hospitals - Building on the AHA's extensive work on behalf of small and rural hospitals, this alliance will focus on extending Medicare provisions that expire in 2012, including the low-volume hospital payment adjustment, the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program, Section 508 reclassifications and the outpatient hold harmless. In addition, the alliance will continue to work to protect Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospital designations. For more information, click here.
The AHA Advocacy Alliance for Graduate Medical Education - This alliance will focus on advocacy related to graduate medical education funding and ensuring an adequate supply of physicians. This alliance is a joint effort between the AHA and the Association of American Medical Colleges. For more information, click here.
The AHA Advocacy Alliance for Coordinated Care - This alliance will focus on ensuring payment rates remain fair and equitable in the hospital outpatient setting for evaluation and management and other services and for post-acute care providers. It also will monitor payment reduction proposals in other care sites. For more information, click here.
The AHA Advocacy Alliance for the 340B Drug Discount Program - Focusing primarily on preventing attempts to scale back this vital drug discount program, this alliance also will support expansion of 340B discounts. For more information, click here.
In addition, The AHA Advocacy Alliance for Provider Assessments will work with our partners at the state hospital associations to continue our joint efforts to urge Congress not to restrict this important funding mechanism for the states. Please contact your state association to learn more.
For questions about these alliances, please call Member Relations at 1-800-424-4301 or visit www.aha.org/contactus.