Perspective

Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, standing in front of the AHA seal and a United States flag.

Feb 2, 2018
Legislators need to be reminded that our patients and communities are depending on us more than ever before.
Jan 19, 2018
We know that every day America’s hospitals and health systems—and other health care providers—are faced with the daunting task of complying with a growing number of federal regulations.   Make no mistake about it—we understand the need for “responsible” regulation—that ensures public…
Jan 19, 2018
We know that every day America’s hospitals and health systems—and other health care providers—are faced with the daunting task of complying with a growing number of federal regulations.   Make no mistake about it—we understand the need for “responsible” regulation—that ensures public…
Jan 12, 2018
This Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King challenged America to live up to its ideals and provide equal opportunity for all, regardless of race. Fifty years after his death, his words and his work continue to make an undeniable impact. But challenges remain. Most troubling to us…
Jan 5, 2018
It’s a new year but Congress has some old business to attend to—including many critical hospital and health system priorities.  Both Houses of Congress will be back in session next week. Front and center is legislation to keep the government open past January 19.
Jan 2, 2018
“Prescription drug prices are out of control,” wrote AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and America’s Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner in a Dec. 31 OpEd in The Hill. “The average annual cost for one specialty medication to treat a chronic condition is now more than what…
Dec 22, 2017
It’s been an historic year for America’s hospitals and health systems. Congress last night approved a short-term continuing resolution funding the government through Jan. 19. While the bill included some priorities important to the field — it also left unfinished business that we’ll work to address…
Dec 21, 2017
Last month, I visited Puerto Rico with a team of six members assembled by the AHA, Greater New York Hospital Association, and Healthcare Association of New York State, as part of our initiative to identify ways the field can aid in this health care community’s long-term recovery and return to…
Dec 20, 2017
Clarity is important in health care. It is particularly important when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is spelling out the “rules of the road” for hospitals to be able to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Hospitals and their employees are dedicated to patient well-being…