More than 1,000 executive leaders from the nation’s top hospitals and health systems convened at the 2023 AHA Annual Membership Meeting, April 23-25 in Washington, D.C.


Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., stressed that patients expect hospitals to put them first, and challenged the field to have “tough conversations” about how to ensure that continues to happen. 
  
“Everyone, including everyone in this room, needs to take a hard look at all of our current practices to ensure that we're always putting patients, and their ability to get the care they need, first,” Hassan said. “That includes making cost transparency a priority and distinguishing between institutional interests and the needs of patients.” 
  
Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committees, praised hospitals for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. “You and your colleagues showed up then, and you continue to show up now.” 

For more on the 2023 AHA Annual Meeting, read AHA's coverage.

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