Press Release

AHA Statement on the Midterm Election Results

Rich Umbdenstock
President and CEO
American Hospital Association

November 3, 2010

With the campaign season over, now the focus must be on governance.  On behalf of hospitals, the AHA will continue to work with both political parties so that hospitals can continue to serve patients and communities.

The AHA always works in a bipartisan manner to address the health care challenges faced by our nation.  The hospital agenda is reflective of that as hospitals receive support from both sides of the aisle on issues of major concern to patients and communities.  Hospitals are located in every congressional district and they are major employers and a cornerstone of care in their communities. 

During the upcoming lame-duck session, there are immediate issues that need to be addressed that revolve around Medicare physician payments; fixing provisions in final Medicare regulations; correcting problems in health information technology rules; and extending expiring provisions of the law.  We congratulate and stand ready to work with the many new legislators in Congress on important health issues.

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

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