Smarter regulations that put patients first by promoting high-quality and efficient health care are needed, American Hospital Association (AHA) President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock noted in an AHA advertorial in the Dec. 13 Wall Street Journal. "Unnecessary or poorly targeted regulations don't help patients — but cost providers and our communities. They also obstruct the innovation and connections needed to make our fragmented health care system more patient-focused Building a better health care system means eliminating outdated rules and regulations and ensuring that new ones are coordinated, efficient and effective."

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