You, the Association
Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO
The AHA's formal policy development process for 2012 kicks off next week with some tough tasks on the docket. Our regional policy boards, governing councils and specialty committees, complemented by advisory committees and many conference calls and meetings, give members the reins to drive the thinking that shapes the policies that AHA will advocate this year and beyond. Their agenda will be driven by some hard questions we must be prepared to answer: What solutions do hospitals recommend to address the nation's deficit crisis? How do we ensure the financial sustainability of Medicare and Medicaid while improving the system for patients? The AHA Board believes that hospitals must be ready to lead with sound and responsible recommendations in order to be part of a responsible solution that puts a focus on real reforms and structural changes instead of arbitrary provider payment reductions, and we are grateful for the many voices that will shape that solution. We'll do our best to reach as many members as possible for input this year on these critical issues but, as always, feel free to send your thoughts to me directly.