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AHA releases updated billing guidelines
Modern Healthcare

The American Hospital Association released updated guidelines for hospital billing and collection practices. The trade group expanded the guidelines to address rules under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for tax-exempt hospitals, an AHA spokeswoman said. Under the health reform law, hospitals must adopt and publicize patient financial aid policies; conduct community needs assessments; and adhere to limits on billing and collections. Hospitals must adhere to the rules to maintain tax exemption.