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, 2016
The American Hospital Association before the Subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality & Security of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: "Minimum Necessary and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act"
Jun 8, 2016
Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ron Kind (D-WI) asks their colleagues to sign a Dear Colleague letter urging CMS to provide regulatory relief for both acute care hospitals and post-acute care providers entering into alternative payment models.
May 4, 2016
AHA letter to Representative Dave Loebsack expressing support for the Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 5164).
May 4, 2016
AHA letter to Representative Lynn Jenkins expressing support for the Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 5164).
May 4, 2016
AHA to Rep. Smith Re: Support for the Rural Hospital Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 5164).
May 3, 2016
Congress must move forward with “bold solutions” to protect Medicare for today’s seniors and preserve the program for future generations, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today told hospital leaders at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. Brady talked…
May 2, 2016
Congress must move forward with “bold solutions” to protect Medicare for today’s seniors and preserve the program for future generations, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX)  today told hospital leaders at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. Brady…
Mar 23, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services is looking to make meaningful use of electronic health records “more flexible and much more focused on clinical outcomes and interoperability” as it implements changes to the Medicare physician payment system under the Medicare Access and CHIP…
Feb 17, 2016
George Arges testifies during Hearing on HIPAA and ACA Administrative Simplification Phase IV Operating Rules.
Jan 22, 2016
The health care system suffers from an overabundance of paper work. Hospitals and health systems can realize improvements and significant savings by increasing the volume of electronic data exchange called for under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountably Act's administrative…