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 Concerns and Comments Re: CMS—10765: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed CollectionFeb 16, 2021
AHA asks the CMS to withdraw its proposed IRF review choice demonstration.
Feb 11, 2021
The AHA strongly supports MedPAC's continued conversations of the postpandemic future of telehealth policy.
Feb 4, 2021
AHA expresses support for the Ensuring Coverage in Public Health Emergencies Act (H.R. 526), legislation that would automatically trigger a special enrollment period so consumers can apply for Marketplace or employer-sponsored coverage during a public health emergency.
AHA Urges FTC to Examine Anticompetitive Behavior by Nurse-Staffing Agencies and Commercial InsurersFeb 4, 2021
The AHA requests that the Federal Trade Commission use its resources to tackle several issues that are adversely impacting hospitals as well as reconsider its recently announced retrospective study of mergers between physician groups and health care facilities.
Feb 4, 2021
Letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, expressing deep concerns regarding a series of UnitedHealthcare health plan coverage policies.
Feb 1, 2021
The AHA expresses support for the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act (H.R. 315), legislation that would eliminate Medicare sequester cuts during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Jan 29, 2021
In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations AHA expressed a commitment to help end the COVID-19 pandemic and urged Congress to provide additional funds to the Provider Relief Fund and for vaccine distribution and administration,
Jan 28, 2021
AHA urges all health plans to help maximize health care capacity for the COVID-19 emergency by suspending utilization management processes that delay or prevent patients from being transferred or discharged to clinically appropriate settings and covering the cost of care at these sites.
Jan 27, 2021
The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend the deadline for hospitals to submit 2020 data for the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program from March 1 to at least May 1, 2021, citing problems this year with the system used to submit the data.
Jan 25, 2021
AHA urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to immediately withdraw its Most Favored Nation model interim final rule and “replace it with a serious effort at drug pricing reform.