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.
AHA comments on the proposed rule regarding minimum staffing standards for long-term care (LTC) facilities.
AHA comments on the proposed rule by the federal agencies related to the fees for the Independent Dispute Resolution Process (IDR) as established by the No Surprises Act (NSA).
AHA's response to the questions posed by the House Budget Committee Health Care Task Force. We support your efforts to reduce health care spending, encourage innovation and ensure patients receive quality, affordable health care.
AHA comments on the proposed rule regarding Requirements Related to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
AHA Urges CMS to Rigorously Enforce New Policies to Safeguard MA Coverage
The AHA voices support of the CONNECT for Health Act of 2023 (S. 2016/H.R. 4189).
AHA Recommendations to House Ways & Means Committee on Improving Health Care Access in Rural and Underserved Areas
Many hospitals including those in rural and underserved areas are experiencing unprecedented challenges that jeopardize access and services. Here are a series of proposals and suggestions for the Ways and Means Committee to consider as it looks for avenues to broaden access to health care for patients in rural and underserved regions.
AHA members have expressed significant concerns about Cotiviti’s audit and appeals process, including its inadequate appeals procedures, the scope of audits being performed and the untenable timelines that are being executed. Therefore, we urge the VA to issue proposed rulemaking not only to allow for public input but also to formalize clear standards and expectations governing the audit and appeals processes.
Waivers allowed practitioners to render telehealth services from their home without having to report their home address on Medicare enrollment or claims forms. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, these providers will be required to report their home address on enrollment and claims forms.
AHA comments on the Senate request for information on data privacy and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).