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AHA Report: Healthcare Providers are Being Crushed by Regulatory Burdens

11.03.17

A report published recently by the American Hospital Association (AHA) provides some concrete facts to support what hospitals, physicians and other providers already know – excessive regulatory burdens are taking valuable time and resources away from patient care. The AHA report, titled “Regulatory Overload,” confirms that “[p]roviders are struggling to balance the administrative activities necessary to comply with regulatory requirements against the clinical, operational and financial activities necessary to fulfill their clinical missions.”

Highlights of the report include:

  • Health systems, hospitals and post-acute providers collectively spend nearly $39 billion a year on the administrative activities related to regulatory compliance
  • The regulatory burden equates to an average cost of $1,200 per patient admitted, or $47,000 per hospital bed, per year
  • On an individual hospital basis, hospitals that are part of larger systems incurred a total of $5.1 million in costs per hospital, compared to $8 million for individual hospitals that were not part of a system
  • Health systems, hospitals and post-acute providers must comply with more than 600 discrete regulatory requirements with the greatest number found in the areas of Conditions of Participation, Privacy and Security Rules, and Quality Reporting
  • An average size hospital dedicates 59 employees to regulatory compliance
  • Fraud and abuse requirements are outdated and have not evolved to support new models of care


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