The American Hospital Association does not want the federal government placing any additional health information exchange requirements on providers, it said in a recent comment letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari.
An average of 11.6 percent of nonprofit hospital expenses go to community benefits, a look at Schedule H tax forms by Ernst & Young shows, up from 11.3 percent in the previous year's tax returns.
The American Hospital Association and 11 other associations urged Congress to protect tax-exempt bond financing for public and private nonprofit hospitals, colleges and universities as part of the tax reform working group process.
A coalition of hospital groups is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to back off from a proposal that would prevent multihospital systems from integrating their medical staff.
The American Hospital Association is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to drop plans to create two more types of patient surveys in favor of adding supplemental questions to existing surveys.
The American Hospital Association is weighing in on how to reduce healthcare spending, arguing in a new report that the solution is not to simply cut Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to providers.
To fend off the automatic cuts to most domestic federal programs, Obama favors spending cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, as well as new tax revenue by reducing tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
The American Hospital Association testified at a Ways and Means hearing on Thursday, urging it to maintain existing federal tax charitable deductions.
The health IT safety action plan proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in December is not specific enough to succeed, according to recent comments made by the Texas Medical Association. In its letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, TMA said that responsibility for the plan "lacks focus," and should be overseen by a "highly visible HIT Safety Czar."
As the healthcare market continues to change, the challenges are magnified for rural hospitals that have a smaller base population, American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said.