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.

Nov 10, 2017
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.
Feb 16, 2021
The AHA supports policies and legislation that enable rural hospitals to care for their communities. The Rural Advocacy Agenda outlines some key areas of focus for our 2020 advocacy agenda.
Jan 12, 2021
Health care providers can now apply online for Section 1135 waivers related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other public health emergencies, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.
Dec 7, 2020
AHA comments on the Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule to set expiration dates for its regulations (subject to certain exceptions), unless the department periodically assesses the regulations to determine if they are subject to review, and if they are, performs a review. Subject…
Aug 21, 2020
In an effort to reduce regulatory burden, the Food and Drug Administration will not require developers to submit a premarket approval application, premarket notification or emergency use authorization for laboratory developed tests, the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week.
Feb 21, 2020
The Department of Health and Human Services finalized its strategy to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens for health care providers using electronic health records and other health information technology.
Jan 13, 2020
Beginning in March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will implement a streamlined survey and certification process for psychiatric hospitals, the agency announced today.
Dec 11, 2019
This is a downloadable Model Letter to Submit Comments to CMS on Proposed Rule on Stark Law that the AHA has created for your use.
Sep 25, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued final rules reducing some regulatory burdens for providers participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and revising discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals and home health agencies.