SHM and Legislative Advocacy

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) advocates for critical federal legislation that impacts hospitalized patients and hospital medicine. At numerous points throughout the legislative process, SHM and its members weigh in on policy considerations and lend support for initiatives that seek to improve the coordination and efficiency of the healthcare system.

Legislation of Interest

H.R. 574: Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act

The Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR), stabilize payment rates and begin reforming physician payments.

H.R. 1179 and S. 569: Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act

The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act would count time spent under observation status as “inpatient” for the purposes of the three-day stay rule for coverage of skilled nursing facility (SNF) services.

H.R. 2810: Medicare Payment Access and Quality Improvement Act

The Medicare Payment Access and Quality Improvement Act would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and encourage the proliferation of alternative payment models.

H.R. 1487: Improved Health Care at Lower Cost Act

The Improve Health Care at Lower Cost Act would expand self-referral protections to encourage incentives to improve quality and efficiency. It would also exempt monetary incentive payments for physicians and hospitals from federal antikickback and other sanctions.

H.R. 1173: Personalize Your Care Act

The Personalize Your Care Act would establish payment for voluntary advance care planning and expand or enhance statewide programs for physician orders for life-sustaining treatment.