American Hospital Association

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American Hospital Association
PredecessorThe Association of Hospital Superintendents of the United States and Canada
Established1898; 122 years ago (1898)
TypeProfessional association
HeadquartersChicago, Illinois[1]
ServicesHealth care
Key people
Melinda L. Estes, MD, Chair
Richard J. Pollack, President & CEO[2]

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a health care industry trade group. It includes nearly 5,000 hospitals and health care providers.

It was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1898 with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C.[3][4]

The organization has lobbied against Medicare for All proposals.[5] The organization has filed lawsuits to stop the U.S. government from requiring that hospitals make their prices public.[6]

During the coronavirus pandemic, the AHA asked Congress to provide $100 billion in aid to hospitals for coronavirus testing and treatment.[7]


In 1870, there were only about 100 general hospitals in the United States, but the institution was growing rapidly.[8] Hospital administrators formed an organization, The Association of Hospital Superintendents of the United States and Canada, which held its first meeting in 1899 in Cleveland, Ohio, where seven of the eight superintendents in attendance were based.[8] The organization was promoted by publisher Del Sutton, whose journal, The National Hospital Sanitarium Record, was adopted by the group in 1900, gradually coming under control of the organization until it was replaced by the organization's own publication, The Modern Hospital.[9]

In 1906, the organization adopted its present name. Membership was 450 in 1908.[10] Records of early annual meetings detail some of the conflicts in the emerging hospital culture of Canada and the United States concerning whether hospitals should be governed by physicians or administrators, with non-professionals representing a heavy majority. [11] Current ongoing research into the cost-effectiveness of such a decision has led to an increasing health disparity as administrative overhead makes up a disproportionate amount of health cost.[12]

Professional Membership Groups[edit]

Professional Membership Groups (PMGs) are affiliated societies which fall under the umbrella of the AHA:

  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
  • American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA)
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
  • Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI)
  • Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE)[13]
  • Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM)
  • Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP)
  • At Large AHA Membership for Healthcare Management/Consulting Professionals
  • Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD)[14]
  • Institute for Diversity and Health Equity

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2018 Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax" (PDF). Non-profit "tax return". 20 August 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Richard J. Pollack, President and CEO" (PDF). AHA website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  3. ^ "American Hospital Association - AHA". US Dept. of Health & Human Services. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  4. ^ Goodman, Clifford (1988). "HEALTH Health Planning and Administration". In Council on Health Care Technology, Institute of Medicine (ed.). Medical Technology Assessment Directory: A Pilot Reference to Organizations, Assessments, and Information Resources. National Academies Press. pp. 524–8. ISBN 0309038294.
  5. ^ Pear, Robert (2019-02-23). "Health Care and Insurance Industries Mobilize to Kill 'Medicare for All'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  6. ^ Kliff, Sarah; Sanger-Katz, Margot (2020-06-23). "Hospitals Sued to Keep Prices Secret. They Lost". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  7. ^ Herman, Bob. "Hospitals ask for $100 billion coronavirus bailout". Axios. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  8. ^ a b Vogel, Morris J. (1989). "Managing Medicine: Creating a Profession of Hospital Administration in the United States, 1895-1915". In Granshaw, Lindsay; Porter, Roy (eds.). The Hospital in History. Routledge. p. 244. ISBN 0415056039. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |duplicate_editor2-first= (help)
  9. ^ Vogel 1989, p. 245.
  10. ^ Vogel 1989, pp. 244, 245.
  11. ^ Vogel 1989, p. 252.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Bylaws of the Association for the Healthcare Environment" (PDF). Association for the Healthcare Environment website. 2013-02-11 [1986]. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  14. ^ "Professional Membership Groups". AHA website. Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2013-11-20.

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