AHA releases study on regulatory burden to providers

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) released this week a study revealing $39 billion in annual spending in administrative activities related to regulatory compliance by hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers.

The average-sized hospital spends $1,200 every time a patient is admitted and dedicates 59 full-time equivalents to the task, more than one-quarter of whom are health professionals who would otherwise be caring for patients, the study found.

“There is growing frustration for those on the front lines providing care in a system that often forces them to spend more time pushing paper rather than treating patients,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack.

Rick joined hospital leaders for a Capitol Hill briefing this week on the study. More information on the study can be found here.