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.

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

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