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.

Sep 17, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released a proposed rule to reduce health care provider regulatory burden associated with certain Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation and Conditions for Coverage.   At an event at MedStar Washington Hospital Center today, AHA…
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.
Sep 18, 2018
On September 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule that will make changes to the Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation and other providers’ Conditions of Coverage.
Sep 7, 2018
ul>li { font-size: 16px; } There is a lot of focus today on health care costs, and what can be done to contain them. One sure-fire strategy? Reduce the regulatory burden that is drowning providers in red tape and adding costs to the system. A report we commissioned last year found that non-…
Sep 5, 2018
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Subcommittee on Health Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) yesterday sent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma recommendations to further alleviate Medicare administrative and regulatory burdens for hospitals…
Aug 16, 2018
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Subcommittee on Health Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) yesterday released a report reviewing the committee’s year-long initiative to reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers and potential next steps. According to the…
Aug 3, 2018
RE: CMS-1720-NC, Request for Information Regarding the Physician Self-referral Law dl iconDownload the letter (PDF)   The AHA’s response to the request for information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services highlights the obstacles hospitals and physicians face in moving…
Aug 3, 2018
Hospitals and health systems are working to advance affordability and deliver value. They are redesigning their delivery systems. They are improving quality and outcomes by increasing patients' access to coordinated care, even in non-traditional settings. They are embracing new reimbursement models…
Jul 31, 2018
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held the third in a series of hearings on how to reduce health care costs, which focused on reducing administrative spending.   “According to the American Hospital Association, there are 629 different regulatory requirements from…
Jul 18, 2018
The AHA today discussed the need to reduce the regulatory burden on providers to improve patient care during a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs hearing.   “A reduction in administrative burden will enable providers to focus on…