Regulatory Relief

The regulatory burden faced by hospitals is substantial and unsustainable.

Every day, hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers confront the daunting task of complying with a growing number of federal regulations. They are constantly challenged to understand and implement new or revised regulations, while maintaining their core mission of providing high-quality patient care.

Providers appreciate that federal regulation is intended to ensure that health care patients receive safe, high-quality care, and prioritize it as a critical part of their day-to-day work.

But the scope and pace of the changes being made is out-stripping many providers’ ability to absorb them. At the same time, many of these regulations do not improve the quality of patient care or access to services.

Providers need relief now. Read on for more information and resources on the AHA's regulatory relief agenda.

Jul 12, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed to update physician fee schedule rates by 0.25% in calendar year 2019, as required under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. After this update and the budget-neutrality adjustment required by law, the proposed…
Jul 10, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that would eliminate 2014 regulatory text allowing states to reassign Medicaid payments to third parties on behalf of certain providers, primarily independent in-home personal care workers, for benefits customary for…
Jun 21, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Aug. 24 on how it can reduce regulatory burdens and obstacles to care coordination associated with the physician self-referral (Stark) law. According to the request for information, the agency is particularly interested in…
Nov 10, 2017
Reducing regulatory requirements will allow providers to focus on patients, not paperwork.
The data presented in this video is from the American Hospital Association report Regulatory Overload Report: Assessing the Regulatory Burden on Health Systems, Hospitals and Post-acute Care Providers.
May 9, 2018
Watch the video Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar today at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC, laid out the department’s four areas of emphasis for creating a value-based health care delivery system and urged hospital and health system leaders to help…
May 8, 2018
Watch the video Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), chairman of the Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means, today stressed the need for Congress to reduce certain regulations on providers that “have no relationship to patient health.”    The AHA has laid out actions that Congress could take to…
May 7, 2018
Watch the video Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma today discussed a number of efforts underway at the agency, including many to reduce regulatory burdens on providers.    “We recognize that some regulations are necessary to ensure patient safety,…
May 2, 2018
The Health Resources and Services Administration seeks comments through July 2 on how it could streamline its compliance and reporting requirements for certain programs and grant recipients. The request for information focuses on potential deregulatory actions related to Paperwork Reduction…
Apr 27, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week took steps toward relieving some of the regulatory burden on America’s hospitals and health systems – a key plank of our advocacy agenda. Among the many changes in its proposed rule for Medicare inpatient hospital payment for next…