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AHA Report Examines Hospitals’ Regulatory Burden

On Oct. 25, the American Hospital Association released a report showing that providers spend nearly $39 billion annually on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance.

The study included interviews with 33 executives at four health systems, and a survey of 190 hospitals that included systems and hospitals with post-acute care facilities. It examined nine areas — including quality reporting, meaningful use of electronic health records, hospital conditions of participation and post-acute care — to assess the administrative impact of existing federal regulations on providers.

The analysis found that providers are required to comply with 629 discrete regulatory requirements across the nine areas from just four federal agencies — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of the Inspector General, Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The full report, which includes recommendations to reduce regulatory burden, is available online.