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.

Dec 2, 2016
AHA letter to President-elect Donald Trump regarding regulatory reform.
Nov 30, 2016
AHA letter to President-elect Donald Trump outlining our priorities, including reducing the regulatory burden; enhancing affordability and value; promoting quality and patient safety; ensuring access to care and coverage; and advancing health system transformation and innovation.
Nov 14, 2016
As Congress considers year-end legislation, the AHA today reiterated its support for the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act (S. 3173) in a letter to leaders of the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and House Energy and Commerce Committees. Introduced in July by Sens. John Thune…
Oct 27, 2016
The rule implementing the new Medicare physician quality payment program called for by the Medicare Access…
Oct 11, 2016
With the clock ticking on the proposed Jan. 1, 2017 start date for the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the field breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Centers for Medicare…
Sep 8, 2016
Physicians spent 27% of their office day on direct clinical face time with patients and 49% of their time on electronic health records and desk work, according to a study by the American Medical Association and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system published this week in the Annals of Internal…
Aug 25, 2016
AHA today submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the home health prospective payment system for calendar year 2017. Specifically, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development, asks CMS to postpone…
Jul 15, 2016
Every day hospitals and health systems seek to provide the best care for each and every patient. But a growing list of regulatory barriers hampers their efforts to transform and improve care. Improving the coordination of patient care is a prime example. Last week, we released a report as part of…
Jul 13, 2016
Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today introduced the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act (S. 3173), legislation that would provide regulatory flexibility and hardship relief to hospitals…