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.


Mar 28, 2022
AHA, hospital groups ask U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, to renew the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
Mar 28, 2022
AHA letter to OSHA requesting a deadline extension for the comment period reopening of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) interim final rule establishing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on “Occupational Exposure to COVID–19” (Docket No. OSHA–2020–0004).
Mar 28, 2022
AHA letter to Senators Jack Rosen and Bill Cassidy, M.D. voicing support of the Healthcare Cybersecurity Act (S.3904).
Mar 24, 2022
AHA requests Attorney General Merrick Garland's support for legislation that would protect health care workers from assault and intimidation.
Mar 23, 2022
Our nation’s health care workers deserve the same protections and the same commitment from the Department of Justice. We therefore urge Attorney General Merrick Garland to support legislation, modeled after 18 U.S.C. § 46504, that would provide similar protections as those that currently exist for flight crews and airport workers.
Mar 23, 2022
AHA urges Congress to provide immediate additional support for hospitals and health systems as COVID-19 challenges persist.
Mar 18, 2022
AHA's comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, expressing strong support for creating a useable, scalable and efficient solution to help reduce prior authorization impacts on patients and providers.
Mar 16, 2022
On behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, our clinician partners — including more than 270,000 affiliated physicians, 2 million nurses and other caregivers — and the 43,000 health care leaders who belong to our professional membership groups, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is pleased to support your resolution, H. Res. 909, which condemns violence against health care workers and expresses support for health care personnel.
Mar 11, 2022
The AHA and FAH urge CMS to deny DHR’s request for an exception to the prohibition on expansion of the facility capacity of a physician-owned hospital.
Mar 10, 2022
AHA expresses support the Hospital Inpatient Services Modernization Act (S. 3792).
Mar 10, 2022
The AHA expresses support for the Hospital Inpatient Services Modernization Act, bipartisan legislation that would extend the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ acute hospital care at home waiver program two years beyond the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Mar 7, 2022
AHA encourages the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to work with Congress to require Medicare Advantage plans to waive prior authorization and other utilization management policies during public health emergencies, especially for hospitals transferring patients to post-acute care.
Mar 4, 2022
Responding to a request for information on digital health, the AHA March 4th urged Congress to permanently eliminate all restrictions on telehealth originating and geographic sites; continue to allow rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers to serve as distant sites for all telehealth services beyond mental health; make certain additional practitioners are eligible to deliver telehealth services; allow hospital outpatient departments and critical access hospitals to bill for telehealth services; and allow hospitals to bill the originating site fee when hospital-based clinicians provide telehealth services to hospital outpatients at home.
Mar 4, 2022
: Letter with comments to CMS on the burden estimates associated with the delivery of good faith estimates to uninsured and self-pay patients and the patient-provider dispute resolution process established under the No Surprises Act.
Mar 2, 2022
AHA urges HHS to ensure hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program do not lose access to the program as a result of changes in patterns of patient care due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
Feb 24, 2022
Letter to Senators Durbin and Portman expresses AHA’s support for the Post-Disaster Mental Health Response Act.
Feb 23, 2022
Commenting on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ hospital inpatient prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2022, the AHA expresses concern that the rule prioritizes Health Professional Shortage Areas and training time in HPSAs when distributing new graduate medical education slots to teaching hospitals, methods that do not reflect statutory intent and are operationally complicated.
Feb 8, 2022
The AHA and seven other national hospital organizations turge congressional leaders to act quickly to ensure hospitals and health systems have the additional resources they need to continue to care for their communities and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including additional relief from Medicare sequester cuts in 2022.
Feb 4, 2022
AHA comments on a discussion draft of bipartisan legislation to strengthen the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response systems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.