Advocacy & Public Policy

Jun 22, 2018
We were pleased to see the House of Representatives this week move forward dozens of bills designed to address aspects of the opioid epidemic that costs more than 100 American lives each day and continues to ravage communities across the nation. In March, AHA released our priorities for…
Jun 22, 2018
The House of Representatives today voted 396-14 to approve bipartisan legislation (H.R. 6) that will serve as a Senate vehicle for many of the House-passed bills to combat the opioid crisis and includes a number of AHA-supported provisions.  “America’s hospitals and health systems applaud…
Jun 22, 2018
Tom Nickels Executive Vice President American Hospital Association   June 22, 2018 “America’s hospitals and health systems applaud today’s House passage of several AHA-supported provisions contained in the bipartisan Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and…
Jun 22, 2018
The House Budget Committee yesterday voted 21-13 to approve a fiscal year 2019 budget resolution that would balance the budget within nine years. Released earlier this week, the budget plan would cap non-defense discretionary spending at $597 billion and include reconciliation instructions for…
Jun 22, 2018
The AHA yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to offer two additional start date options for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model in 2019 – Jan. 1 and April 1. “These additional start dates would expand the opportunities for applicants to be part of…
Jun 22, 2018
AHA and three member hospitals today recommended to a federal district court four non-deadline remedies to reduce the backlog of Medicare billing appeals awaiting adjudication at the Administrative Law Judge level, while maintaining that the agency has failed to show that it cannot clear the…
Jun 14, 2018
Federal payment reductions to hospitals will reach $218.2 billion by 2028, according to a report released today by the health care economics firm Dobson DaVanzo and Associates. Commissioned by the AHA and Federation of American Hospitals, the study looked at how 11 pieces of legislation…
Jun 14, 2018
The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted 16-5 to approve the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act (S. 974). The AHA-supported bill would allow generic drug manufacturers facing certain anticompetitive delay tactics to bring an action in federal court for injunctive relief…
Jun 7, 2018
More than 45 organizations, including the AHA, today encouraged members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to support the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act (S. 974), which the panel is expected to consider next week. The legislation would allow generic drug…
Jun 7, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today finalized without changes its “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” policy for hospitals participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model. Like the November 2017 interim final rule, the final rule provides…