COVID-19 Position Statements
SHM Position on Hospital Medicine Workforce Needs
Hospitalists are frontline providers addressing the coronavirus pandemic throughout the United States. The safety and wellbeing of our hospital medicine team members are critical to the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). In order to best be able to care for patients and ourselves, hospitalists need:
- Access to an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 masks.
- Access to testing supplies and improved efficiency of testing equipment.
- Eased licensure policies to facilitate practice across state lines to make sure areas that are hardest hit have access to additional staff as needed.
SHM Position Statement on PPE
Issued: March 31, 2020
Hospitalists are frontline providers addressing the coronavirus pandemic throughout the United States. The safety and wellbeing of hospitalists and hospital team members are critical to the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). SHM has and will continue to strongly advocate with Congress and the Trump Administration to address on-going shortages of PPE.
However, many hospitalists actively report PPE shortages in their hospitals today, which presents a risk to themselves, their families and the hospital medicine team members overall. We support policies that follow current CDC Guidelines around PPE use. We also support the individual use of donated or self-purchased PPE as an interim solution but urge hospitalists, hospital medicine groups, and hospital systems to work together to address this problem in a coordinated way.
COVID-19 Policy Updates
As frontline providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, SHM wants to offer you as much support and information as possible. As the situation is changing daily, we understand it is difficult to keep up-to-date with the most recent regulatory changes issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We have compiled some of the most recent updates and resources from CMS. We will continue to provide you with weekly policy updates.
COVID-19 Advocacy Updates
SHM Sends Letter to the Administration and Congressional Leaders Regarding COVID-19 Policy Changes
April 1, 2020
SHM sent a letter to the Administration, as well as to Congressional leaders, urging them to take additional actions regarding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the letter are requests for access to PPE and ventilators, access to reliable testing, and visa reform for medical professionals, among other important issues.
SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on COVID-19 Stimulus Relief
March 25, 2020
SHM, alongside dozens of medical societies, has signed a letter urging Congress to include direct financial support for physicians. The letter calls for providing telehealth reimbursement rates equal to in-person visits, allocating direct financial assistance to practices directly treating COVID-19 patients, and granting direct financial support to physicians losing significant revenue due to suspended elective appointments and surgeries.
SHM participated in a COVID-19 pandemic briefing with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other top administration officials.
March 18th, 2020
We discussed the administration’s ongoing efforts to combat the pandemic, as well as actions the administration can take to provide flexibility and improve support and resources for physicians and the healthcare system as a whole.
We also know that in many institutions, the availability and the rapidity of coronavirus testing is causing significant issues with patient care and flow. I strongly urged the administration to ensure that there is adequate access to testing throughout the country to ensure clinicians can provide the proper care and use the proper precautions to treat our patients. The administration assured us that the approval of more efficient analyzers should soon speed up testing and increase capacity.
We are going to continue to advocate on the priorities for hospital medicine to ensure you have the tools necessary to confront this pandemic.