AHA asks HHS for leniency in enforcing transparency rules
In a letter, the American Hospital Association outlines the burden created by COVID and vaccination efforts.
By Alan Goforth|January 11, 2021 at 10:07 AM
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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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