The AHA today shared with President-elect Trump its public policy priorities for the new administration. “In today’s transformative and challenging environment, we are proud of the contributions of America’s hospitals and health systems, and are encouraged by the opportunities to lead our health care system into the future,” wrote AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “To help advance health in America, we ask that your administration – in collaboration with Congress and the courts, and in partnership with health care providers – help modernize the public policy environment to enhance providers’ ability to improve care and make it more affordable for patients.” Specifically, the AHA’s priority areas are to: reduce regulatory burden, enhance health care affordability and value, promote quality and patient safety, ensure access to care and coverage, and advance health system transformation and innovation. “As your Administration and Congress look to address the health care needs of Americans, we look forward to working with you on solutions that will ensure the adoption of sound public policies that result in more affordable, accessible, high-quality care,” AHA said. “Given that health care represents a significant portion of the economy and essential public services, we urge you not to make any abrupt changes that could lead to significant instability for patients, providers, insurers and others.”