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…
Aug 2, 2018
Tom Nickels Executive Vice President American Hospital Association   August 2, 2018     There are a number of policies CMS finalized today that will reduce regulatory burden and help ensure America’s hospitals and health systems can continue to provide high-quality, efficient…
Aug 1, 2018
Rick Pollack President and CEO American Hospital Association   August 1, 2018   America’s hospitals and health systems believe strongly that patients should have access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage that allows them to receive the care they need, when they need…
Jul 27, 2018
Please join us July 26 at 1 p.m. ET for a special AHA Town Hall Webcast featuring the latest news from Washington, D.C., and a special look at the upcoming mid-term elections, live from the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego!
Jul 27, 2018
​ Special AHA Washington Update Live from the AHA Leadership Summit A replay is available of the July 26 special AHA Town Hall Webcast featuring the latest news from Washington, D.C., and a special look at the upcoming mid-term elections, live from the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego!…
Jul 25, 2018
Tom Nickels Executive Vice President American Hospital Association July 25, 2018   With today’s proposed rule, CMS has once again showed a lack of understanding about the reality in which hospitals and health systems operate daily to serve the needs of their communities. CMS has…
Jun 29, 2018
Congress and the administration should pursue actions, including addressing the high costs of prescription drugs and regulatory burden on providers, that will help reduce the cost of care without putting access at risk, AHA Vice President of Payment Policy Joanna Hiatt Kim said today at a…
Jun 26, 2018
The AHA appreciates the extensive work CMS has done to develop an alternative to the current SNF case-mix system. However, our evaluation of the patient-driven payment model still has several flaws, which must be addressed before the PDPM proposal can be finalized.
Jun 26, 2018
The AHA appreciates the extensive work CMS has done to develop and alternative to the current SNF case-mix system. However, our evaluation of the patient-driven payment model still has several flaws, which must be addressed before the PDPM proposal can be finalized.
Jun 25, 2018
The AHA supports several of the proposed rule’s provisions. In particular, we appreciate and endorse the agency’s proposal to permanently withdraw the 25% Rule; however, we oppose the associated budget neutrality adjustment proposed by CMS. We also support the proposed changes related to co-located satellite facilities, and the streamlining of the LTCH quality reporting program. In addition, this letter reiterates our concerns related to underpayment for site-neutral cases.