AHA statement on additional regulatory waivers from CMS

Rick Pollack
President and CEO
American Hospital Association

May 1, 2020


America’s hospitals and health systems appreciate CMS issuing additional regulatory waivers, urged by the AHA, which will help provide needed tools, flexibility and relief in the fight against COVID-19. In particular, we are pleased that CMS will allow teaching hospitals to increase their number of temporary beds without facing reduced payments for indirect medical education. We also thank CMS for expanding telehealth services for patients, mitigating financial penalties for ACOs because of costs associated with responding to the pandemic, and for ensuring that certain hospital outpatient departments that relocate off-campus have the resources needed to continue delivering care. The AHA looks forward to working with CMS on additional waiver suggestions so hospitals and health systems on the front lines can provide the right care in the right location.


Contact:        Colin Milligan, (202) 638-549, cmilligan@aha.org
                      Marie Johnson, (202) 626-2351, mjohnson@aha.org

Related Resources

Other Resources
Fighting an “avoidable surge” in COVID-19 cases, the CEO and care teams at CoxHealth share stats and stories to urge their Southwest Missouri community to get…
Other Resources
Photo Credit: @caitlindsutton
Other Resources
AdventHealth is ramping up plans to get more people vaccinated as new variants emerge.
Action Alert
AHA urges hospital and health system leaders to contact their senators and representatives and urge them not to use unobligated COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds…
The AHA Board of Trustees today approved a policy statement that strongly urges the vaccination of all health care personnel. The AHA also supports hospitals…
Special Bulletin
The AHA released a series of public service announcements (PSA) and supporting materials that encourage people to seek the answers they need and ask the…