Press Release

Statement on 21st Century Cures


Tom Nickels
Executive Vice President
 Government Relations and Public Policy

American Hospital Association

We commend the Congress for its work on the revised 21st Century Cures bill. We urge the House to approve this legislation tomorrow, as it helps improve hospitals’ ability to treat some of the most vulnerable patients. The bill includes important provisions related to hospital outpatient services, rural health care, a much needed socio-economic adjustment to the readmissions program, relief for long-term care hospitals, and important provisions related to behavioral health and opioids. We also look forward to continuing to work with Congress to address some outstanding issues, including the relocation of hospital outpatient departments so they can continue to improve patient access to care and making needed changes to allow for flexibility in electronic health record policies. 


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