Hospital Field Realignment

May 10, 2018
The House last night voted 230 to 185 to approve the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (H.R. 5645), AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies. “The SMARTER Act helps hospitals and health systems…
May 16, 2018
AHA letter to the Senate expressing support for S. 2847, the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2018, also known as the SMARTER Act. 
May 10, 2018
The same cohort of authors responsible for the Health Care Pricing Project’s flawed 2015 paper recently released an updated version. However, the update fails to upgrade the paper’s status as an unreliable attempt to link hospital concentration and price.    Although the paper claims to…
May 10, 2018
The American Hospital Association supports H.R. 5645, the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2018, also known as the SMARTER Act. The SMARTER Act removes a regulatory roadblock to hospital realignment. Hospital integration and realignment is essential if the field…
May 2, 2018
Filed: March 29, 2018 |  People of the State of California Ex Rel. Xavier Becerra, Plaintiff, vs. Sutter Health, Defendant The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care, as…
Apr 20, 2018
Hospitals and health systems are joining together to drive high-value and high-performing health care. This is a direct response to the changing needs of communities for more convenient care, continuous financial pressures to reduce costs and the ever present drive to improve quality for patients.…
Apr 13, 2018
There are two themes playing out in both politics and health care: disruption and uncertainty, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said today during a panel on the current and future impact of federal policies on health care. “We don’t know where this is all going to end up,” he said commenting on…
Feb 14, 2018
The hearing today by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the impact of health care consolidation presented a one-sided perspective on the benefits of hospital mergers. The group presenting was untethered from the realities of managing a high-quality hospital system responsive to the…
Dec 18, 2017
In an op-ed piece responding to a USA Today editorial critical of hospital mergers, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack explains how rapid changes in the larger health care field are leading hospitals and health systems to explore new ways to meet patients’ needs. “The decision by CVS to acquire…
Dec 11, 2017
TrendWatch Chartbook analyzes the latest in hospital and health system trends. Produced by the AHA and Avalere. Charts from Chapter 2.
Chartbook Trends Affecting Hospitals and Health Systems Chapter 2: Organizational Trends CHART TITLE FORMAT UPDATED FOR 2016 2.1-2.9 Chartbook 2016: FULL CHAPTER 2 PPT | PDF 09-01-16 Table 2.1-2.6 Chartbook 2016:…