Special Bulletin

Sep 2, 2021
The AHA continues its multi-pronged effort urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expeditiously distribute the billions of dollars remaining in the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to hospitals and health systems, as well as the American Rescue Plan Act funding to reimburse rural…
Sep 1, 2021
The AHA submits comments to the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury, as well as the Office of Personnel Management, on the first interim final regulations implementing the No Surprises Act.
Aug 30, 2021
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released a fact sheet outlining the various personnel-related costs that can be covered by Provider Relief Fund (PRF) dollars.
Aug 25, 2021
The AHA today released new public service announcements (PSAs) and related digital content encouraging vaccination against COVID-19 by still-unvaccinated health care workers and members of the public. Hospitals and health systems can add their own branding, in both 30- and 15-second versions, for…
Aug 24, 2021
Hospitals and health systems remain on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to play an important role in efforts to vaccinate their patients and communities. During an Aug. 23 White House COVID-19 virtual town hall focused on vaccinations, leaders from CommonSpirit, Northwell…
Aug 23, 2021
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (“the departments”) Aug. 20 released a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to provisions in the No Surprises Act and the Transparency in Coverage final rule. As requested several times by the AHA, the departments…
Aug 23, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration today granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 16 and over. The vaccine, which will now be marketed as Comirnaty, is the first COVID-19 vaccine to go beyond emergency use status in the United States.
Aug 11, 2021
The Hospital Price Transparency rule has been in effect since Jan. 1, 2021, requiring hospitals to disclose all of their privately negotiated rates with health plans, in addition to self-pay and chargemaster rates. Hospitals are also required to provide an online patient cost estimator tool or…
Aug 3, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Aug. 2 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) PPS final rule for fiscal year (FY) 2022.