The American Hospital Association (AHA) represents more than 5,000 hospitals and other health care providers and some 38,000 individuals from various health care fields. The AHA acts as an advocate in national health care policy development and provides services to its members, such as helping hospitals and other health care providers form networks for patient care, conducting research and development projects on the structuring and delivery of health care services, and producing educational programs and publications. The AHA Resource Center maintains an extensive collection of books and documents relating to hospitals and health care. AHA was founded in 1898.
As the topic of health care reform came to dominate debate in Washington, the AHA has been busy lobbying on behalf of its organization and working to educate lawmakers. Of the health care sector -- a growing segment of the US economy -- hospital care represents the largest component. As part of its business, hospitals treat more than 120 million people in their emergency rooms and provide care for some 600 million outpatients.
During past years, the group's board has been focused on modernizing the regulation of ambulatory settings, hospital pricing transparency, and hospital billings for collections and tax-exempt status.
The AHA operates out of offices in Chicago and Washington, DC. – less