Special Bulletin

Dec 29, 2020
A federal appeals court today ruled against AHA’s legal challenge to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule mandating that hospitals disclose their privately negotiated charges with commercial health insurers. The rule goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021.
Dec 22, 2020
The Senate early this morning passed by voice vote the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 1418/S. 350), AHA-supported legislation that repeals the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption available to commercial health insurers for anticompetitive conduct. The legislation gives the…
Dec 22, 2020
The House and Senate last night approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The legislation includes roughly $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, including a number of provisions beneficial to hospitals and health systems, and $1.4 trillion in spending that will fund the federal government…
Dec 21, 2020
The AHA today released a public service announcement thanking the many health care professionals working in America’s hospitals and health systems for their dedication to and compassion in caring for communities throughout a relentless 2020. You can adapt this PSA with your organization’s logo.
Dec 21, 2020
At a Glance House and Senate leaders late yesterday announced an agreement on a roughly $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that includes a number of provisions beneficial to hospitals and health systems. They also agreed on a roughly $1.4 trillion spending package that would fund the federal…
Dec 21, 2020
The AHA today filed a motion asking the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to stay the price transparency rule until the new administration has the opportunity to review and revise it and because implementing it would divert essential personnel from caring for a huge influx of…
Dec 16, 2020
Special Bulletin The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Pfizer, Inc. for its BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. As you are aware, distribution and administration of the first shipments are well underway across the country.
Dec 16, 2020
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it has begun distributing $24.5 billion in “Phase 3” funds from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to eligible hospitals, as well as other providers. This amount is an increase from the $20 billion the…