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.


Report: Regulatory Overload: Assessing the Regulatory Burden on Health Systems, Hospitals, and Post-acute Care Providers

Infographic: Regulatory Burden Overwhelming Providers, Diverting Clinicians from Patient Care
Infographic: Federal Agencies with Regulatory or Oversight Authority Impacting Hospitals

Additional Resources:

Letter: AHA Responds to CMS Request for Information on CMS Flexibilities and Efficiencies

Letter: AHA to Rep. Tiberi Re: Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Regulatory Relief Initiative

Statement: AHA Before the US Senate Committee on Finance Re: Comprehensive Tax Reform

Letter: AHA to CMS Re: Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Letter: AHA Response to Request for Information on CMS Flexibilities and Efficiencies

Legal (Fraud and Abuse) Barriers To Care Transformation and How to Address Them

Statement: On President Trump's Executive Order on Regulatory Relief

Letter: Regulatory Relief Actions

AHA Trendwatch: Hospitals Advance Information Sharing but External Barriers to Increased Data Exchange Remain

Letter: AHA shares legislative priorities with Senate

Letter: AHA shares legislative priorities with House

Letter: American Hospital Association's letter to the House outlining legislative priorities for the remainder of this session of Congress

AHA Trendwatch: Administrative Simplification Strategies Offer Opportunities to Improve Patient Experience and Reduce Costs

The Real Cost of the Inefficient Medicare RAC Program

Hospitals Face Challenging Using Electronic Health Records to Generate Clinical Quality Measures


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