Special Bulletin

Jun 29, 2021
June 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update the home health (HH) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2022. CMS will accept comments on this rule through Aug. 27, 2021.
Jun 17, 2021
The United States Supreme Court this morning rejected the third major challenge to the Affordable Care Act, holding in a 7-2 decision that the challengers did not have “standing,” or the legal right to challenge the portions of the ACA they alleged were unconstitutional.
Jun 11, 2021
As urged by the AHA and other groups, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it is extending the deadline by which hospitals and other providers that received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) money after June 30, 2020, must use their COVID-19 PRF payments.
Jun 10, 2021
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for occupational exposure to COVID-19 that requires certain health care employers to help protect their workers in settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.
Jun 10, 2021
After concerns raised by the AHA and other health groups, UnitedHealthcare today announced that it would delay until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency its recently-announced policy that would have retroactively denied coverage for emergency department claims the insurer deemed non-…
Jun 8, 2021
The White House COVID-19 Response Team and the U.S. Surgeon General invite hospital and health system leaders, primary care providers, and state and local health officials to a virtual event Friday, June 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. ET to discuss the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
Jun 8, 2021
The AHA will connect hospitals and health systems with businesses interested in vaccinating their employees as part of an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations across the country, the White House announced today. The AHA will connect hospitals and health systems with local providers to assist…
Jun 8, 2021
The AHA expresses concern to UnitedHealthcare regarding its recent policy announcement to allow for the retroactive denial of coverage for emergency-level care in facilities.
May 28, 2021
President Biden today submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The budget primarily includes proposals from President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. The budget includes a discussion of certain health care policies, such as a public option, lowering…
May 22, 2021
The New York Times today ran an article about hospital finances and COVID-19 relief. The following statement from AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack in response to the article was shared with the media this evening.