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.

Oct 24, 2017
Regulatory Burden Overwhelming Providers, Diverting Clinicians from Patient Care   ​ ​​     Add this infographic to your web site by copying the code below. Share this with your friends! <p><a href="https://www.aha.org/infographics/2018-01-18-infographic-…
Oct 24, 2017
Infographic: Federal Agencies with Regulatory or Oversight Authority Impacting Hospitals
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Oct 10, 2017
The American Hospital Association (AHA) today released a new analysis showing that hospitals' and health systems' community benefit activities outweigh the value of their federal tax exemption by a factor of 11 to one.
Contact: Colin Milligan - (202) 638-5491 Jennifer Armstrong Gay - (202) 626-2284 WASHINGTON (October 10, 2017) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) today released a new analysis showing that hospitals’ and health systems’ community benefit activities outweigh the value of their federal tax…
Oct 3, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today officially withdrew its proposal to test new models for how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs provided in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments. AHA had expressed concerns with the proposed rule and its inclusion of…
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Regulatory Relief

Oct 2, 2017
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-…
Sep 13, 2017
The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee today approved AHA-supported legislation (H.R. 3120) that would remove from the HITECH Act of 2009 a requirement that the Health and Human Services Secretary make meaningful use standards for electronic health records more stringent over time. “…
Sep 12, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA yesterday told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018…
Sep 11, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA today told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “CMS…
Sep 11, 2017
AHA responds to CMS request for information on CMS flexibilities and efficiencies
Aug 25, 2017
AHA provides input to the Subcommittee on its Provider Statutory and Regulatory Relief Initiative.