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 18, 2015
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today held a hearing on a Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposal to consolidate its purchased care programs and business processes into a new Veterans Choice Program, with the goal of making it easier for veterans to access care and non-VA…
Sep 9, 2015
Passage of the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act, or PARTS Act, H.R. 1611/S. 257, the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act, H.R. 169/S. 258, and the Rural Community Hospital (RCH) Demonstration Extension Act, H.R. 672/S. 607, are key parts of the AHA’s rural hospital advocacy agenda.…
Sep 9, 2015
Passage of the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act, or PARTS Act, H.R. 1611/S. 257, the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act, H.R. 169/S. 258, and the Rural Community Hospital (RCH) Demonstration Extension Act, H.R. 672/S. 607, are key parts of the AHA’s rural hospital advocacy agenda.…
Jun 16, 2015
AHA letter to Rep. Bob Goodlatte expressing support for H.R. 2745, the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2015.
Jun 16, 2015
AHA testimony to NCVHS Panel regarding the adopted Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act transaction standards, code sets, identifiers and operating rules.
Jun 16, 2015
AHA letter to Congressman Blake Farenthold expressing support H.R. 2745, the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2015, also known as the SMARTER Act.
Jun 9, 2015
Rural hospital leaders today made their case for regulatory relief from federal policies – like the 96-hour physician certification requirement, direct physician supervision of outpatient therapeutic services and interoperability standards for health information technology – at a briefing on…
Jun 9, 2015
Rural hospital leaders made their case for regulatory relief from federal policies – like the 96-hour physician certification requirement, direct physician supervision of outpatient therapeutic services and meaningful use standards for health information technology – at a June 9 briefing on Capitol…
May 4, 2015
Following his introduction as the AHA’s next president and CEO, AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack today called on hospital leaders at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting to deliver a message of regulatory relief, reform and resources in their meetings this week with legislators and…
May 1, 2015
A new AHA TrendWatch report highlights the many challenges to realizing the promise of telehealth for hospitals, health systems and their communities. “From emergency department care to remote patient monitoring for chronic care management, telehealth is changing the way health care is…