An Agent of Change

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An Agent of Change

In this episode, Gary speaks with Richard Pollack, President and CEO, the American Hospital Association. They discuss the AHA’s attempts to forge a truly bipartisan advocacy organization, and address strategies…
March 2, 2023

An Agent of Change

Meet Richard Pollack

Rick Pollack is president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), the nation’s largest hospital and health care system membership organization with nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health care systems, networks, and other providers of care. Serving as the AHA’s top leader since 2015, Rick is widely recognized for his strong, effective advocacy and leadership on behalf of our nation’s hospitals, the patients and communities they serve, and the health care professionals those organizations support. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rick built a coalition including the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, state and regional hospital associations, and other leading health organizations to support efforts in following public health guidelines, promoting vaccination, with a focus on vulnerable communities, and successfully obtaining the financial resources and regulatory flexibility to keep our hospitals open to care for their patients and communities during the most challenging public health crisis of our time.


Key Insights:

Mr. Pollack is an experienced leader and expert in health policy, health financing, and advocacy. 


Unifying Issues. In spite of diversity of concerns among members, certain issues draw all together: financial challenges, workforce challenges, cybersecurity, etc. 

Bipartisan Advocacy. The AHA has been intentional about working across the political divide, developing close relationships with both Trump and Biden administrations. 

Consolidation Advantage. The shift to value based care involves managing risk, and larger organizations can typically handle more risk: consolidation often makes sense.


Relevant Links:

Read more about Mr. Pollack

Read about the American Hospital Association

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