Every day, AHA staff take to Capitol Hill to tell the hospital story, working to educate Congress on key issues and the field’s concerns. We also advocate with federal regulators, provide expert testimony, and highlight the impact proposed changes could have and suggest alternative solutions. Below are the most recent statements the AHA has submitted for the record for congressional hearings or agency panels.
AHA Senate Statement “COVID-19 Health Care Flexibilities: Perspectives, Experiences, and Lessons Learned”May 19, 2021
Since the first COVID-19 cases were diagnosed and the pandemic changed the ways in which patients were able to access traditional health care settings, providers were required to navigate significant challenges to ensure their services were still able to reach millions of patients. In response, Congress and the Administration granted various flexibilities intended to improve access and facilitate the delivery of safe, quality care. As health care providers reflect on lessons learned and plan a post-pandemic course for the future, it is evident that several of the flexibilities have enhanced the patient experience and led to better outcomes.
Statement of the AHA on “COVID-19 Part II: Evaluating the Medical Supply Chain and Pandemic Response Gaps”May 19, 2021
A strong and reliable medical supply chain is a critical and integral component to delivering safe and effective high quality care to patients; however, it has become increasingly clear that the level of fragility across our national medical supply chain is unsustainable and poses significant risk to hospitals and health systems, as well as the patients and communities they serve.
May 19, 2021
Being a member of a health system brings measurable benefits to patients and health system employees: lower health care costs, improved patient care, better access to health care providers, and increased investment in technology and equipment.
Apr 28, 2021
The increased use of telehealth since the start of the public health emergency (PHE) is producing high-quality outcomes for patients, closing longstanding workforce gaps and those that arose as a result of an overwhelmed, hardworking provider workforce, and protecting access for patients too vulnerable to risk infection. We urge Congress to consider how to ensure these flexibilities could remain in place for patients and health care providers beyond the PHE.
AHA Statement on Clearing the Air: Science-Based Strategies to Protect Workers from COVID-19 InfectionsMar 11, 2021
AHA Statement for Education & Labor, Workforce Protections Subcommittee on “Clearing the Air: Science-Based Strategies to Protect Workers from COVID-19 Infections”
Mar 2, 2021
AHA Statement before the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, on The Future of Telehealth: COVID-19 is Changing the Delivery of Virtual Care.
Dec 3, 2020
John Riggi, AHA senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on defending communities from cyber threats during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 27, 2020
AHA’s statement for the record to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means for the May 27, 2020 hearing, “The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color.”
Dec 10, 2019
Statement of the American Hospital Association for the Committee on Energy and Commerce