AHA shelled out $4.3 million to influence feds

The American Hospital Association spent $4.3 million to lobby the federal government in Q3 2010, up 11 percent over the amount spent over the same time period in 2009, the Associated Press reports. Targeted issues included the healthcare reform and waste and abuse in the Medicare program. Among things the industry lobby group campaigned for were translation of Medicare forms into the top 15 non-English languages in the U.S. Article