Most Recent AHA Letters

AHA to Rep. Stearns Expressing AHA's Support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 3586)
February 29, 2012 AHA letter to Representative Cliff Stearns expressing AHA's support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 3586).

AHA to Rep. Roe Expressing AHA's Support for the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (H.R. 452)
February 28, 2012 AHA letter to Representative Phil Roe expressing AHA's support for the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (H.R. 452).

AHA Comments to CMS Re: Medicaid; Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments-Uninsured Definition
February 16, 2012 AHA comments regarding the CMS proposed rule that expands the definition of uninsured for purposes of calculating the hospital-specific limitation for Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.

AHA Comments Re: Applications for FDA Approval to Market a New Drug; Revision of Postmarketing Reporting Requirements - Discontinuance
February 10, 2012 AHA comments on the Food and Drug Administration's interim final rule amending its postmarketing reporting regulations to modify the term "discontinuance" and clarify the term "sole manufacturer" with respect to notification of discontinuance requirements.

AHA, Others Ask OMB to Withdraw Schedule H Revisions
February 2, 2012 AHA, Healthcare Financial Management Association and VHA Inc. letter to the Office of Management and Budget stating the Internal Revenue Service failed to adhere to the Paperwork Reduction Act when it issued a revised Schedule H incorporating changes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

AHA to Rep. Thompson Re: AHA's Support of the Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011
February 1, 2012 AHA letter to Rep. Thomas expressing support of the Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011 (R-HoPE).

AHA to Rep. Rodgers Re: AHA's Support of the Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011
February 1, 2012 AHA letter to Rep. Rodgers expressing support of the Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011 (R-HoPE).

Hospitals and Health Systems to Congress Re: Hosptial Cuts
February 1, 2012 Hospitals and health systems letter to Congress expressing concern that cuts in Medicare and Medicaid payments for hospital services are again on the table as part of the upcoming House-Senate conference committee on H.R. 3630.

AHA to CMS Re: Interpretive Guidance Related to Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care Services
January 27, 2012 AHA letter to CMS voicing concern about recently-issued interpretive guidance related to rehabilitation and respiratory care services under the hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs).

AHA Comments to CMS Re: CCIIO: Essential Health Benefits Bulletin December 16, 2011
January 27, 2012 AHA comments to CMS regarding Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight's (CCIIO) Essential Health Benefits Bulletin released December 16 that outlines the proposed regulatory approach to define EHBs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

AHA comments on National Quality Forum (NQF) Draft Requirements for eMeasure Review and Testing
January 4, 2012 National Quality Forum (NQF) Draft Requirements for eMeasure Review and Testing. This letter briefly summarizes early hospital field experience with the meaningful use Stage 1 eMeasures. It then addresses the specific questions posed by the NQF.

AHA to CMS, HHS Re: Final Waivers in Connection with the Shared Savings Program
January 3, 2012 AHA comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule to amend several Medicare and Medicaid rules to promote program efficiency and transparency, and reduce administrative burden.

AHA to CMS Re: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency and Burden Reduction
December 22, 2011 AHA comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule to amend several Medicare and Medicaid rules to promote program efficiency and transparency, and reduce administrative burden.

AHA Comments to CMS Re: Proposed CMS Regulation to Reform Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation (CoP)
December 16, 2011 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed regulation to reform the hospital and critical access hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

AHA, NRHA to CMS Re: Treatment of Physicians Using Method 2 Billing Under the EHR Incentive Programs
December 16, 2011 AHA, NRHA letter to CMS regarding their concern that physicians and other eligible professionals in rural areas are being inappropriately barred from participation in the electronic health records (EHR) incentive programs due to improper designation as hospital-based.

Joint letter to Senate opposing H.R. 3630 
December 14, 2011 The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 which passed the House on Tuesday jeopardizes access to care for all patients by cutting nearly $20 billion in hospital payments.

AHA to MedPAC Re: Medicare Payment Rate Differences Between HOPDs and Freestanding Physician Offices .
December 13, 2011 MedPAC recently discussed Medicare payment rate differences between hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and freestanding physician offices. .

AHA, Health Organizations' Letter to Congress Opposing H.R.3630 and Cuts to Hospitals
December 13, 2011 America's hospitals strongly support fixing Medicare's flawed physician payment system but not by further cutting resources for the hospital services upon which America's seniors depend.

AHA Letter to Sen. Richard Burr Re: AHA's Support for S.1855 and S.1854
December 9, 2011 AHA letter to Senator Richard Burr expressing support for the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011.

AHA Letter to Rep. Howard P. McKeon Re: TRICARE
December 8, 2011 AHA letter to Rep. Howard P. McKeon expressing strong support for language included in the Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (S. 1867/H.R. 1540) that will help ensure the availability of hospital care to TRICARE participants.

Joint Letter to Congress on Physician Payment Fix
December 5, 2011 America's Hospitals and Health System's letter to Congress regarding the Physician Payment Fix

AHA letter to the Hill on Extenders
November 29, 2011 AHA letter to the Hill urging Congress to extend key hospital-related programs

AHA to the Senate Armed Services Committee Re: Support for Language Included in DOD Bill S.1867
November 18, 2011 AHA letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee expressing support for language included in the Department of Defense Authorization Bill S.1867 that will help assure the availability of hospital care to TRICARE participants.

AHA Comments Re: The CLIA Program and HIPAA Privacy Rule: Patients' Access to Test Reports
November 14, 2011
AHA comments on CMS' and the Office of Civil Rights' proposed rule on patients' access to test reports. .

Kind-Emerson Letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Re: CAHs
November 3, 2011 Kind-Emerson letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction regarding Critical Access Hospitals. View list of signers.

AHA Comments to CMS Re: ACA: Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans
October 31, 2011 AHA comments on CMS' proposed rule that outlines the requirements and minimum standards for the establishment of state-level Affordable Health Insurance Exchanges and qualified health plans.

AHA Comments Re: Medicaid Program Rules Implementing Eligibility and Subsidy Provisions of the ACA
October 31, 2011 AHA comments on CMS' proposed rule implementing provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that simplify eligibility, streamline enrollment, coordinate functions with the Affordable Health Insurance Exchanges and create options for states in claiming the increases in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage for the newly eligible Medicaid populations.

ACA; Standards Related to Reinsurance, Risk Corridors and Risk Adjustment; Proposed Rule
October 24, 2011 AHA comment letter to CMS regarding the CMS proposed rule for the mitigation of health plan risk.

AHA, Health Organizations Letter to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Re: Cuts in IRF
October 18, 2011 
A joint letter signed by the AHA, FAH, AMRPA urging the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reject cuts to inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs).

AHA to Sen. John Barrasso Re: AHA's Support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011
October 18, 2011
 The American Hospital Association letter to Sen. John Barrasso expressing support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011.

AHA to Sen. Kent Conrad Re: AHA's Support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011
October 18, 2011 The American Hospital Association letter to Sen. Kent Conrad expressing support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011.

AHA to Sen. Tom Harkin Re: AHA's Support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011
October 18, 2011
 The American Hospital Association letter to Sen. Tom Harkin expressing support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011.

AHA to Sen. Pat Roberts Re: AHA's Support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011
October 18, 2011
 The American Hospital Association letter to Sen. Pat Roberts expressing support for The Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2011.

AHA, ANA to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Re: Cuts to Medicaid and Medicaid
October 17, 2011 American Hospital Association and American Nurses Association letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that urges rejection of cuts to Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals that could create devastating job losses in our communities.

AHA, Health Organizations to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Re: Medicaid Program
October 12, 2011 AHA, health organizations letter recommending that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction reject proposals that would undermine the Medicaid program.

Hospitals and Health Systems to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
October 6, 2011 America's Hospitals and Health Systems letter tothe Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction expressing concern about bad debt.

AHA Regarding Moving Forward from the Sustainable Growth Rate System
October 3, 2011 AHA letter to Glenn M. Hackbarth regarding moving forward from the Sustainable Growth Rate System.

AHA Comments Re: ANPRM Metadata Standards to Support Nationwide Electronic HIE
September 21, 2011 AHA's comments regarding on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2011 regarding Metadata Standards to Support Nationwide Electronic Health Information Exchange.

AHA and ASHHRA oppose the DOL's proposed narrowing of "advice" exemption
September 20, 2011 AHA and ASHHRA's comments on the proposed Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) of the Department of Labor (DoL or the Department)'s revisions to its interpretation of the "advice" exemption to persuader reporting under Section 203 of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), 29 U.S.C. § 433, by narrowing the definition of “advice” and thus expanding the circumstances under which reporting is required of employer-consultant persuader agreements.

AHA to CMS Re: Establishment of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program
September 16, 2011 AHA comments on the CMS proposed rule to establish at least one not-for-profit consumer operated and oriented plan (CO-OP) in each state to offer coverage to individuals and small
employers through the state-level Affordable Health Insurance Exchanges

AHA to CMS Re: CMS Administrative Simplification
September 01, 2011 AHA comments on the CMS interim final rule concerning federal adoption of operating rules for eligibility for a health plan and health care claim status transactions as published in the July 8, 2011, Federal Register.

AHA Comments to DOD on Proposed Rule Regarding TRICARE Reimbursement of Sole Community Hospitals
September 01, 2011
AHA's comments on the Department of Defense's proposed rule regarding TRICARE reimbursement of sole community hospitals (SCHs).

AHA to the FDA Re: Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff
August 30, 2011
AHA comments on the Food and Drug Administration's Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Commercially Distributed In Vitro Diagnostic Products Labeled for Research Use Only (RUO) or Investigational Use Only: Frequently Asked Questions.

AHA Comments to CMS Re: Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program
August 29, 2011
AHA comments to CMS regarding the hospital value-based purchasing (VBP) portion of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital outpatient prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2012. We are submitting comments separately on CMS's proposed changes to the outpatient PPS.

AHA Comments to CMS Re: Hospital OPPS, ASC, Physician Self-Referral Proposed Rule for CY 2012
August 29, 2011 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calendar year (CY) 2012 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), ambulatory surgical center (ASC), physician self-referral proposed rule. The AHA will submit comments separately on CMS's proposed changes to the hospital value-based purchasing program.

AHA Comments to CMS Re: Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions
August 26, 2011 AHA comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) physician fee schedule (PFS) proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2012.

AHA Comments to CMS Re: Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease PPS for CY 2012
August 26, 2011 AHA comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) calendar year (CY) 2012 End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System (ESRD PPS) and the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) for payment year (PY) 2013 and PY 2014.

AHA, HFMA, VHA Inc. Submit Comments to IRS
August 24, 2011 The American Hospital Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association and VHA Inc. are pursuant to our previous meeting and subsequent discussions, providing detailed comments on the revised Schedule H and Instructions.

AHA, ASHHRA, and AONE's comments to the NLRB's proposed rule re: representation case procedures
August 22, 2011 Comments in response to the National Labor Relation Board's (NLRB or the Board's) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Representation Case Procedures (Notice or NPRM) published on June 22 (76 Fed. Reg. 36,812) which seeks to amend the entire election process...

AHA to CMS Re: Proposed Rule Regarding Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule: Signature on Requisition
August 12, 2011 AHA comment letter to CMS' regarding its proposed rule regarding the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule's signature on requisition policy.

AHA to CMS Re: Proposed Decision Memo for Screening for Depression in Adults
August 09, 2011 AHA letter to CMS regarding CMS's proposed decision memorandum for depression screening in adults.

AHA Letter of support to Sen. Nelson on S. 1486, the Long-Term Care Hospital Improvement
August 03, 2011 The AHA's letter of support for the legislation Senator Nelson introduced yesterday, S. 1486, the Long-Term Care Hospital Improvement Act of 2011.

AHA Letter of support to Sen. Roberts S. 1486, the Long-Term Care Hospital Improvement Act of 2011
August 03, 2011 The AHA letter to Senator Pat Roberts for the legislation introduced yesterday, S. 1486, the Long-Term Care Hospital Improvement Act of 2011.

AHA Comments to HHS Re: Request for Comments on Proposed Data Collection Standards
August 01, 2011 AHA comments to HHS regardings on the Proposed Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, Sex, and Disability Status issued by the Office for Minority Health (OMH)


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