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.

Latest

Jul 12, 2018
AHA commends MedPAC and HHS for voicing significant concerns about rising pharmaceutical costs. 
Jul 11, 2018
AHA provides comments on the consumer-directed health plan legislation being marked up in the Committee on Ways & Means.
Jul 10, 2018
The AHA is very pleased that CMS is taking action to improve the operation of the Stark law and counteract its chilling effect on innovation.
Jun 28, 2018
The AHA urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand the data it makes available through standard analytic files and to share currently available data on a timelier basis.
Jun 26, 2018
The AHA appreciates the extensive work CMS has done to develop and alternative to the current SNF case-mix system. However, our evaluation of the patient-driven payment model still has several flaws, which must be addressed before the PDPM proposal can be finalized.
Jun 26, 2018
The AHA appreciates the extensive work CMS has done to develop and alternative to the current SNF case-mix system. However, our evaluation of the patient-driven payment model still has several flaws, which must be addressed before the PDPM proposal can be finalized.
Jun 25, 2018
AHA provides input to CMS on how to better assist patients in accessing pricing information for health care services.
Jun 25, 2018
The AHA supports several of the proposed rule’s provisions. In particular, we appreciate and endorse the agency’s proposal to permanently withdraw the 25% Rule; however, we have substantial concerns with the associated budget neutrality adjustment proposed by CMS. We also support the proposed changes related to co-located facilities, and the streamlining of the LTCH quality reporting program. In addition, this letter reiterates our concerns related to underpayment for site-neutral cases.
Jun 25, 2018
Comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 proposed rule for the inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS) and quality reporting updates.