HealthLeaders Media January 9, 2019
John Commins

The president and CEO of the American Hospital Association shares a bit about the challenges facing the nation’s hospitals in 2019, and where he believes political headway can be made in a divided Washington. 


Drug pricing, surprise billing, healthcare infrastructure, and Stark Law reforms could be issues with bipartisan support.

Pollack says hospital consolidation is needed to increase scale for the transition to value-based payments.

Infrastructure funding could help hospitals reconfigure as more services shift to outpatient care venues.

The next 12 months will provide plenty of challenges for the nation’s hospitals.

On the business side, hospitals are reconfiguring to meet the changing demands of their patients, as they contend with competition from nontraditional players...