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 to Merck Re: Actions to Collect Data to Limit Distribution of Certain 340B Drugs to Hospitals and Health SystemsAug 21, 2020
AHA expresses profound concern about actions Merck is taking to collect data intended to limit the distribution of certain 340B drugs to hospitals and health systems.
Aug 19, 2020
This letter to President Trump offers recommendations for promoting and expanding patients’ telehealth access.
Aug 19, 2020
The AHA urges an expeditious review and release of the Physician Self-Referral and Anti-Kickback Statute final regulations that were submitted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General in July.
AHA Expresses Concern about Forthcoming Unitedhealthcare Change In Coverage Policy for Laboratory Test ServicesAug 14, 2020
This letter expresses AHA’s concern about a forthcoming UnitedHealthcare change in coverage policy for laboratory test services.
AHA Comments on the Grandfathered Group Health Plans and Grandfathered Group Health Insurance CoverageAug 14, 2020
This letter provides comment on the proposed rule from the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services that would allow certain grandfathered health plans to increase patient cost-sharing beyond current limits, without losing their grandfathered status.
Aug 10, 2020
While we appreciate the IRS’s effort to provide flexibility to consumers and expand access to affordable health care, we are concerned that, by promoting health care sharing ministries, this rule validates a type of arrangement that can leave consumers vulnerable, as there is no guarantee for health coverage. We urge the IRS to remove the treatment of health care sharing ministries from this rule.
Aug 6, 2020
On behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, our clinical 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) supports the “The Getting Early Treatment and Comprehensive Assessments Reduces Emergencies (GET CARE)” Act.
Aug 4, 2020
The American Hospital Association (AHA) urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow periodic interim payment (PIP) hospitals to carry out their accelerated payment repayment at cost settlement, as was initially communicated by the agency. We also request that the agency make alternative repayment approaches available, such as direct payments to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), for all hospitals.
Jul 30, 2020
The AHA and other national organizations representing the nation’s hospitals and health systems today urged congressional leaders not to include in the next COVID-19 relief package any surprise medical billing legislation that could further destabilize hospitals’ finances as they work to recover from an unprecedented public health emergency.
AHA to Rep. Neal Dunn Expressing Support for Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax Penalties Act of 2020Jul 30, 2020
The American Hospital Association (AHA) supports the Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax Penalties Act of 2020.