Press Releases

Below are the most recent press releases from the American Hospital Association.

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It has long been the position of the AHA that health care providers must have clarity about the laws that govern the provision of patient care. Following Friday night’s decisions from federal district courts in Texas and Washington, that principle has never been more important. It is vital that the courts and Administration provide clarity to physicians and other caregivers, consistent with the best available scientific evidence, as soon as possible.
The AHA is deeply concerned with CMS’ woefully inadequate proposed inpatient hospital payment update of 2.8% given the near decades-high inflation and increased costs for labor, equipment, drugs and supplies.
The AHA commends CMS for finalizing critical policies that will help ensure beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage have access to the medically necessary health care services to which they are entitled.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the largest associations representing America’s hospitals and nursing homes, respectively, sent a joint letter today to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), outlining concerns with a federal staffing mandate for nursing homes. CMS is planning to issue a federal staffing minimum for nursing homes this year.
Today, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and AHIP filed a joint amicus brief in United States v. Supervalu Inc. v. Safeway Inc. In the brief, the organizations argue that the federal government’s “erroneous construction and expansion of the FCA [False Claims Act] threatens the legitimate business activities of every government contractor, hospital, healthcare provider, health insurance provider, and grant recipient in the nation,” and would “ultimately divert resources away from the primary missions of AHA’s and AHIP’s members: caring for patients, reducing the cost of care, and ensuring a healthy citizenry.”
Data from the health care consulting firm Dobson | Davanzo, released today by the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) and the American Hospital Association (AHA), shows that physician-owned hospitals (POHs), when compared to other hospitals, treat less medically complex and more financially lucrative patients, provide fewer emergency services, and treat fewer COVID-19 cases.
A new study released today by the American Hospital Association (AHA) shows that Medicare patients who receive care in a hospital outpatient department (HOPD) are more likely to come from medically underserved populations and be sicker and more complex to treat than Medicare patients treated in independent physician offices (IPO) and ambulatory surgical centers (ASC). 
We must not attempt to solve our nation’s budget problems on the backs of health care providers and patients. After years of a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic where hospitals and health systems treated more than 6 million COVID-19 patients while simultaneously dealing with near historic inflation, rising expenses for drugs, supplies, and labor, and incredible workforce pressures, now is not the time to cut Medicare funding for physician training and support to those caring for our sickest patients.
Hospital and pharmacist advocates for safety-net health care and affordable prescription drugs are united in their firm opposition to a misguided effort by the drug industry and some community health centers that would restrict access to the 340B drug pricing program.