Health care concept art The AHA notes in its letter that the difficulties in implementation are further compounded by legislation passed at the end of the year that includes additional transparency requirements for providers.

The American Hospital Association is urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to exercise enforcement discretion regarding hospital price transparency rules.

“Hospitals’ ability to comply with the rule at this time is particularly challenged by an increase in the volume of COVID-19 patients and the need to distribute multiple vaccines,” Richard Pollack, AHA president and CEO, wrote in a January 7 letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Both of these events are straining hospital and health system resources at a critical time in the course of the pandemic sweeping the nation. These strains are further compounded by the considerable gaps in federal guidance creating compliance uncertainty and recent legislation placing new price transparency requirements on hospitals.

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