Statement on the State of the Union Address
President, American Hospital Association
Hospitals share the President’s goal of improving quality of care and making the cost of caring for patients more transparent. Through the Hospital Quality Alliance, a public/private partnership, hospitals are already leading the health care field by providing the public with useful information about the quality of care they provide. Information allows consumers to make more informed health care decisions and we’re committed to helping patients understand and see more about the quality of care in their hospital.
To better serve their communities, hospitals are working to increase transparency both at the bedside and in the billing office. Nationwide, hospitals are working to find ways health care can be more accessible and more affordable for those who need it. A part of that is enacting liability reform to ensure all patients have access to OB-GYNs and other specialty care they need. We applaud the President for his commitment to this important issue.
Every day the caregivers in America’s hospitals see first-hand the devastating effects of having no health coverage. We support the President's efforts to expand access and coverage for the uninsured and remain committed to working towards health coverage for all Americans.
Hospitals agree that information technology has an important role to play in advancing health care – from improving patient safety and outcomes to helping control rising health care costs. Hospitals have seen the great potential for patients and caregivers and many are working to incorporate technology into care delivery but the federal government must provide leadership in guiding health IT adoption.
We look forward to working with the President and Congress in seeking solutions to the challenges our health care system presents.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
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