AHA Statement on CY 2024 OPPS Final Rule

Contact: Colin Milligan, cmilligan@aha.org
               Colleen Kincaid, ckincaid@aha.org



Stacey Hughes
Executive Vice President
American Hospital Association

November 2, 2023

The AHA is concerned that CMS has again finalized an inadequate update to hospital payments. Today's increase for outpatient hospitals of only 3.1% comes in spite of persistent financial headwinds facing the field. Most hospitals across the country continue to operate on negative or very thin margins that make providing care and investing in their workforce very challenging day to day. Hospitals’ and health systems’ ability to continue caring for patients and providing essential services for their communities may be in jeopardy, which is why the AHA is urging Congress for additional support by the end of the year.

In addition, hospitals remain committed to helping patients access the information they need when planning for their care, including meaningful information about the cost of that care. The AHA will be carefully reviewing the changes to the Hospital Price Transparency Rule to ensure they continue to advance our shared objective with CMS of making it easier for patients to access pricing and cost information while reducing unnecessary administrative burden and costs on hospitals and health systems.