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.

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…
Apr 26, 2018
The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on innovative practices and technology in health care. In a statement submitted to the subcommittee, AHA highlighted how hospitals and health systems are using technology and new care delivery models to enhance the patient…
Apr 12, 2018
On April 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule and related guidance that will implement the standards governing health insurance issuers and the Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2019. In the rule, CMS provides details on the benefit and payment parameters for…
Apr 12, 2018
Reforming the Medicare conditions of participation and modernizing the Stark Law are key to regulatory relief and the transition to value, Advocate Aurora Health Chief Medical Officer Lee Sacks, M.D., told the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday. Testifying at a closed-door forum on…
Feb 23, 2018
Govs. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Jon Kasich (R-OH), Bill Walker (I-AK), Tom Wolf (D-PA) and Brian Sandoval (R-NV) today issued a bipartisan plan to transform the nation’s health care system based on certain guiding principles and beliefs and specific strategies to reorient the system on value. The…