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SHM Letters to Congress and Regulatory Agencies

Part of the Society of Hospital Medicine's (SHM's) advocacy efforts is supporting legislation that affects hospital medicine and general healthcare. Here you can find any letter supported and signed by SHM to Congressional leaders and regulatory agencies.

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Letters from 2016

SHM Signs Onto Letter Addressing Sepsis Measure Concerns
Along with IDSA, ACEP, and SCCM, SHM collaborated on a letter discussing concerns around a sepsis quality measure. (October)

SHM Signs onto AHRQ Multi-Stakeholder Letter to House and Senate
Along with other organizations, SHM submits letter asking that AHRQ funding be protected. (October)

SHM Submits Comments to CMS on OPPS Proposed Rule
SHM submitted comments regarding the pain management questions in the HCAHPS survey to Medicare in the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule. (September)

SHM Joins 22 Organizations in Submitting Comments in Support of Antibiotic Stewardship Provisions in Proposed Rule
SHM signs onto letter to CMS, alongside coalition of 22 organizations, stating support for antibiotic stewardship provisions in the Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation Proposed rule. (August)

SHM Submits Comments on MACRA
SHM submitted comments to CMS surrounding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), that replaced the SGR and makes changes to physician payment. (June)

SHM Submits Comments to CMS on Proposed IPPS
SHM submitted comments on aspects of the Inpatient Propsective Payment System (IPPS), including updated measure sets and the NOTICE Act requirements surrounding observation status. (June)

SHM Signs Onto Multi-Stakeholder Letter to CMS Addressing Interoperability
Along with other organizations, SHM signs onto letter responding to CMS' request for information on the interoperability of MACRA. (June)

SHM Signs Onto Letter to CMS Regarding Program Integrity to Provider Enrollment
Along with other organizations, SHM signs onto a letter voicing concerns on provisions of the Program Integrity to the Provider Enrollment Process proposed rule. (April)

SHM Signs Onto MACRA Letter to CMS
Along with other organizations, SHM signs a joint-letter to CMS with suggestions for implementing MACRA in the proposed rule. (April)

SHM Sends Letter of Support for New Legislation on CJR
SHM supports Rep. Price’s bill, which would delay the mandatory CJR payment model. (March)

SHM Signs onto AHRQ Multi-Stakeholder Letter to House and Senate
SHM, as part of the Friends of AHRQ submitted a letter to both the House and Senate Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. (March)

SHM Comments on CMS' Measure Development Plan
SHM sent comments to Medicare on their Measure Development Plan for MIPS and APM transition. (March)

SHM Signs On to Multi-Stakeholder Letter for PDMP Expansion
Along with other organizations, SHM signs onto a letter urging Congress to expand prescription drug monitoring programs to help combat prescription drug abuse. (February)

SHM Sends Comments to Senate HELP Committee
SHM commented on the Senate Help Committee’s draft legislation on Health IT, including segments of the TRUST IT act. (January)

SHM Sends Letter of Support for Health IT Bill
SHM sends support letter to Senators Cassidy and Whitehouse for their bill, the TRUST IT Act. (January)

SHM Submits Comments to CMS on Discharge Planning Rule
SHM submitted comments on this proposed rule as it will expend significant requirements onto hospitals if finalized. (January)

SHM Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to the Common Rule
SHM comments on the quality improvement section of the proposed Common Rule changes from the Office for Human Resarch Protections (OHRP) (January)

SHM Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Case

SHM Offers Comments on MACRA Implementation
SHM met CMS' request for information on new SGR repeal legislation (MACRA) with suggestions and ideas on how to best implement the program. (November 17, 2015)

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