Special Bulletin

Jan 20, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Jan. 14 released a final rule that implements a subset of the standards governing health insurance issuers and the Health Insurance Marketplaces (or “exchanges”) for 2022.
Jan 19, 2021
At a Glance  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), on Jan. 15 released a final rule that builds on efforts to improve the electronic exchange of health care information,…
Jan 15, 2021
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it is delaying the reporting deadline for the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program.
Jan 15, 2021
President-elect Biden last night unveiled plans for a roughly $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which includes a number of provisions that affect hospitals and health systems. Biden hopes that Congress will consider the legislation soon after he is inaugurated next week.
Jan 14, 2021
The AHA Board of Trustees today approved the following statement on AHA’s political giving practices. “The tragic events last week at the U.S. Capitol were an assault on our democracy. This prompted the AHA to begin an immediate review of our political giving practices to ensure they are guided by…
Jan 12, 2021
AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack issued the following statement today in response to the violence last week at the U.S. Capitol. “Like Americans everywhere, the American Hospital Association has reacted with alarm, outrage, and horror as the unfolding story around the violence at the Capitol…
Jan 12, 2021
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today updated its guidance to hospitals on the reporting of COVID-19-related data. Specifically, HHS requests that hospitals report data on COVID-19 vaccine administration to health care personnel and patients once per week, starting tomorrow, Jan.…
Jan 11, 2021
At A Glance Health plans often inappropriately delay or decline coverage for medically necessary care. This can undermine the quality of care that is provided, strain the provider/patient relationship, result in bad debt for providers and unexpected bills for patients, and increase the burden on…
Jan 8, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to place unprecedented demands on America’s health care system. The recent sharp increase in the number of patients needing acute hospital care means that some hospitals could face more significant shortages of staff and medical supplies such as personal protective…