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

Mar 4, 2020
AHA comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services's (CMS), Part II of the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Advance Notice. In particular, the AHA appreciates the CMS’ ongoing efforts to solicit stakeholder feedback on how to improve the MA Star Ratings Program, and we encourage the agency to develop and incorporate into that program measures related to prior authorization.
Mar 3, 2020
AHA comments to CMS on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021.
Feb 27, 2020
The AHA and American Nurses Association urge Congress to “swiftly provide” $1 billion in initial supplemental emergency funding to support the “urgent preparedness and response needs of hospitals, health systems, physicians and nurses on the front lines” of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Feb 27, 2020
AHA letter to Senators Rick Scott, R-Fla., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., in respond to their questions on efforts to protect U.S. taxpayer-funded research developed at our member organizations from foreign threats.
Feb 27, 2020
AHA, others urge Senate HELP Committee to advance MEDS Act (S.2723).
Feb 10, 2020
AHA comments to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on provisions of the Ban Surprise Billing Act that will be marked up this week.
Feb 10, 2020
The AHA is pleased to support the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means legislation, the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020. 
Jan 30, 2020
AHA comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed regulation related to Medicaid program financing and supplemental payments.
Jan 29, 2020
AHA comments to CMS on the transparency in coverage proposed rule. The AHA appreciates the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services’ (collectively, the departments) effort to increase the availability of useful information for patients, specifically, the proposal to improve patient access to estimates of their individual cost-sharing liability prior to care.
Jan 21, 2020
A model comment letter on Proposed Rule: CMS–2393–P, Medicaid Program: Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (Vol. 84, No. 222), November 18, 2019 and CMS-2393-N (Vol. 84, No. 249) December 30, 2019, and the infographic "Financial Impact Analysis: Proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR) Could Result in Deep Medicaid Cuts."