Letters

Throughout the year, the AHA comments on a vast number of proposed and interim final rules put forth by the federal regulatory agencies. In addition, AHA communicates with federal legislators to convey the hospital field's position on potential legislative changes that would impact patients and patient care. Below are the most recent letters from the AHA to these bodies.

Latest

Dec 19, 2020
AHA urges CMS to reconsider its recent guidance to providers requiring them to document Medicare-Medicaid “crossover” bad debt in a manner that is neither standard practice for most hospitals nor consistent with current accounting standards.
Jul 9, 2020
AHA letter to Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and Adam Kinzinger expressing support of H.R. 5855, the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act.
Jul 9, 2020
AHA, AMA letter to CMS regarding the implementation of the appropriate use criteria (AUC) for advanced diagnostic imaging services mandated under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA).
Jul 7, 2020
On behalf of America’s tax-exempt hospitals and health systems, the AHA, AAMC, and CHA request an immediate extension of the deadlines many face for preparing their community health needs assessments (CHNA) or else be subject to a $50,000 penalty excise tax under section 4959 of the Code for which abatement is not available. 
Jul 6, 2020
A letter signed by 34 state hospital associations urging the Department of Health and Human Services to delay the effective date of the hospital price transparency rule.
Jun 30, 2020
The AHA, Association of American Medical Colleges, Children's Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals, which brought a lawsuit challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ hospital price transparency rule, urged the Department of Health and Human Services to delay the effective date of the rule until the matter is settled by the courts.
Jun 29, 2020
AHA provides input on the ideas set forth in “Preparing for the Next Pandemic.” a white paper authored by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
Jun 26, 2020
AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to temporarily extend certain waivers and make others permanent beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency to allow hospitals to provide better and more cost effective care to their patients and communities.
Jun 24, 2020 by Tom Nickels
On behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and our clinician partners – including 3,000 post-acute care providers, the American Hospital Association (AHA) writes in support of resetting the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 in the next COVID-19 relief package.