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 15, 2017
Reducing administrative complexity in health care would save billions of dollars annually and allow providers to spend more time on patients, not paperwork. That’s what the AHA toldthe Centers for Medicare…
Jun 14, 2017
The AHA supports  a number of provisions in the inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018, but has concerns about certain proposed changes related to disproportionate share hospital payments, the documentation and coding reduction, and quality programs, AHA…
Jun 13, 2017
The AHA supports a number of provisions in the inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018, but has concerns about certain proposed changes related to disproportionate share hospital payments, the documentation and coding reduction, and quality programs, AHA Executive…
Jun 13, 2017
AHA responds to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services request for information on CMS flexibilities and efficiencies.
May 24, 2017
The Federal Communication Commission should update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services, the AHA said in comments submitted today. Specifically, AHA recommends the program increase the Healthcare Connect Fund and HCF discount percentage; reduce…
May 9, 2017
Hospitals and health systems are drowning in a sea of rules and regulations, but the prospects for immediate relief are uncertain, according to an expert panel yesterday at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. AHA board member Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and…
Apr 14, 2017
Todays rule outlines some promising proposals intended to reduce regulatory barriers for hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve.
Press Release AHA Statement on IPPS Proposed Rule Tom Nickels AHA Executive Vice President Today’s rule outlines some promising proposals intended to reduce regulatory barriers for hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. Specifically, we are extremely pleased with the proposed…
Apr 13, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule designed to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The rule finalizes changes related to special enrollment periods; guaranteed issue; actuarial value; network adequacy; and open enrollment periods. The new…
Apr 3, 2017
AHA letter to Rep. Bob Goodlatte expressing support for H.R. 659, the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2017, also known as the SMARTER Act.
AHA letter to Rep. Bob Goodlatte expressing support for H.R. 659, the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2017, also known as the SMARTER Act.
Mar 3, 2017
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday discussed a package of draft recommendations to reduce the rapid growth in Part B drug spending. The proposals would require all Part B drug manufacturers to submit Average Sales Price data; reduce Wholesale Acquisition Cost-based payment to WAC…