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.

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…
Jan 31, 2017
AHA expresses support to Senator Thune for the Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act of 2017 (S. 243), which would permanently extend the enforcement moratorium on direct supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services provided in critical access hospitals and small, rural hospitals.
Jan 31, 2017
AHA expresses strong support for the Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 741), which would permanently extend the enforcement moratorium on direct supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services provided in critical access hospitals and small, rural hospitals.
Jan 31, 2017
AHA expresses strong support to Senator Heitkamp for the Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act of 2017, which would permanently extend the enforcement moratorium on direct supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services provided in critical access hospitals and small, rural hospitals.
Jan 30, 2017
President Trump today issued an executive order aimed at reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs. “In addition to the management of the direct expenditure of taxpayer dollars through the budgeting process, it is essential to manage the costs associated with the governmental…
Jan 30, 2017
The regulatory burden that is imposed on hospitals and health systems is substantial and unsustainable, and has grown in recent years.
Press Release Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Regulatory Relief Rick Pollack President and CEO American Hospital Association The regulatory burden that is imposed on hospitals and health systems is substantial and unsustainable, and has grown in recent years. We are…
Dec 6, 2016
The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals stand ready to help as the Congress and new Administration take shape and develop the health agenda moving forward.