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.

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…
Mar 31, 2015
The AHA yesterday urged the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to consider certain changes to its draft recommendations for the Recovery Audit Contractor program. The association supports the draft recommendation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to base each RAC’s…
Oct 9, 2014
Senate dear colleague letter to CMS regarding the CMS rulemaking process and its impact on rural health care providers.
Mar 13, 2014
Statement of the American Hospital Association before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the Education and Workforce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on the Protecting Health Care Providers from Increased Administrative Burdens Act.
Nov 1, 2013
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