AHA study: Rising regulatory burden forces caregivers to push paper rather than treating patients

AHA News

Hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released yesterday by the AHA.

The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

AHA to CMS: Withdraw proposed 340B cut

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA yesterday told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018.

“CMS... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

Hospitals, post-acute care providers look to the future

AHA News

Post-acute care (PAC) providers are critical partners in the transition toward a more integrated, value-based delivery system, panelists said at a May 1 special AHA Annual meeting briefing.

Panelists described the new partnerships emerging between hospitals and PAC providers and the regulatory thicket... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: administrative simplification, clinical integration, bundled payment

Hospital leaders will advance advocacy agenda at AHA Annual Membership Meeting

AHA News

Hospital and health system leaders from across the country are coming to Washington, D.C., for the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, May 1-4, and to advance hospitals’ advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill.

Special sessions and executive briefings at the annual meeting will examine what it means to be a hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy, access, administrative simplification, clinical integration, antitrust

House passes SMARTER Act

AHA News

The House March 23 voted 235-171 to pass the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act, AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies.

The legislation is intended to harmonize disparities in the way merger reviews... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, administrative simplification

AHA urges Congress to remove legal barriers to value-based payment arrangements

AHA News

Congress should adopt a single broad exception to federal fraud and abuse laws for financial relationships designed to foster collaboration, efficiencies and improvements in health care, the AHA last week told leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees.

In a Jan. 29 letter to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, administrative simplification, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

House holds hearing on AHA-supported bill to standardize merger review process

AHA News

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law today held a hearing on the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (SMARTER) Act, AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, Program Integrity, administrative simplification

House votes to withhold funding for OFCCP Tricare enforcement policy

AHA News

The House late yesterday approved legislation, H.R. 2685, that included an AHA-backed amendment that would withhold funding for a controversial Labor Department policy aimed at treating hospitals participating in Tricare and certain other health care programs as federal contractors or subcontractors. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: workforce, administrative simplification

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