Letters

Throughout the year, the AHA comments on a vast number of proposed and interim final rules put forth by the federal regulatory agencies. In addition, AHA communicates with federal legislators to convey the hospital field's position on potential legislative changes that would impact patients and patient care. Below are the most recent letters from the AHA to these bodies.

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Sep 17, 2021
The AHA comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ hospital outpatient prospective payment system and ambulatory surgical center payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2022.
Sep 13, 2021
Commenting today on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ physician fee schedule rule for calendar year 2022, the AHA expressed appreciation for the agency’s proposals that support care delivery and patient outcomes by extending the timeline for certain programs and continuing others beyond the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The AHA also expressed concerns about the significant payments cuts in CMS’ proposals; opposed cuts to the conversion factor and changes to clinical labor pricing; and urged CMS to reevaluate its proposals to require routine, in-person visits for the coverage and payment of telehealth mental health services.
Sep 9, 2021
America’s hospitals and health systems have deep concerns about several Anthem policies that challenge their ability to care for patients during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Sep 2, 2021
The American Hospital Association (AHA) would like to share hospital and health system priorities that would benefit patients and communities around the country that we would like to see included in the upcoming budget reconciliation legislation.
Sep 1, 2021
Laurie Bodenheimer                                      Ali Khawar
Aug 30, 2021
Elizabeth Fowler, Ph.D, J.D. Deputy Administrator and Director Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Aug 27, 2021
AHA's comment on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ calendar year 2022 proposed rule for the HH prospective payment system.
Aug 24, 2021
AHA raises “substantial concerns” with the prototype payment model that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and RTI International are developing for the new unified post-acute care prospective payment system required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014.
Aug 18, 2021
President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy called upon all agencies of the federal government to protect and promote fair competition throughout the economy. Achieving that objective will require each agency to assess fairly the activities of those fields and industries that fall within its purview.