COVID-19 Position Statements
SHM Position on Hospital Medicine Workforce Needs
SHM Position on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Issued April 2, 2020
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 Regarding Budget Neutrality in the Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
September 8th, 2020
SHM sent a letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding proposed payment adjustments and budget neutrality in the Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.
SHM sends a Letter to Senate Majority Leader Urging Inclusion of the Immigration Reform in COVID Package
July 27th, 2020
SHM sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell urging the inclusion of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act in the latest coronavirus relief package.
SHM Joins CMSS Statement Questioning Recent Decision for COVID-19 Data to Bypass CDC
July 20th, 2020
SHM has joined CMSS in questioning the Administration's recent decision to require submission of hospital data on COVID-19 patients directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Administration must ensure the CDC and its public health authorities retain oversight and expertise in the collection and analysis of COVID-19 data.
SHM Signs Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Expanding Telehealth Access
June 29th, 2020
SHM, alongside numerous professional and medical societies, joined a multi-stakeholder letter advocating for permanent expansions to telehealth access.
SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Employment Based Visa Restrictions
July 8th, 2020
SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter urging the Administration to consider all medical professionals, not just those directly involved in providing care to hospitalized COVID patients, as "critical to the national interest," and thus exempt from the proclamation restricting employment based immigration. The letter also asks for additional protections for dependent spouses and children.
SHM Supports the Coronavirus Health Care Worker Wellness Act
July 1st, 2020
SHM supports the Coronavirus Health Care Worker Wellness Act (H.R. 7255). This bipartisan legislation will issue grants to support the mental health and wellness of frontline healthcare workers. Additionally, this bill will provide grant funding to research related to provider wellbeing and mental health during COVID-19.
SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Budget Neutrality for Office Visits
July 1st, 2020
SHM signed a multi-stakeholder letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The letter urges HHS, in light of COVID-19 financial losses, to utilize its authority under the Public Health Emergency to waive budget neutrality requirements for a Medicare office visit payment policy finalized for 2021.
SHM Signs on Letter in Support of the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act
June 09, 2020
SHM, alongside dozens of other medical speciality societies, has signed a letter in support of the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act. This legislation will provide targeted and limited liability protection to providers where health care services are provided or withheld in situations that may be beyond the control of physicians or facilities.
SHM Submits Comments on COVID–19 Public Health Emergency Interim Final Rule
May 27, 2020
SHM has submitted comments on the COVID–19 Public Health Emergency interim final rule to CMS. SHM has voiced our support for many of the waivers and flexibilities issued for the duration of the public health emergency.
SHM Signs Statement to Prioritize Safety When Considering COVID-19 Policies
May 15, 2020
SHM, alongside numerous other medical and professional societies, have signed a statement urging state, local, and federal authorities to utilize public health expertise when developing plans to reopen the economy and lift shelter-in-place restrictions.
SHM Supports the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act
May 15, 2020
SHM sent a letter signaling our support of the Healthcare Workforce Resiliency Act (H.R. 6788/S.3599). This legislation seeks to enhance the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 global pandemic by recapturing 40,000 unused immigrant visas for foreign doctors (15,000) and nurses (25,000), as well as visas for their spouse and children.
SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on COVID-19 Policy Recommendations
April 15, 2020
SHM signed a multi-stakeholder letter to Congressional leaders, urging for additional policy changes to effectively combat the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to expanding access to PPE and testing, this letter addresses the need to protect the financial solvency of medical institutions, as well as the needs of individual providers.
SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on COVID-19 Relief Efforts
April 15, 2020
SHM, alongside numerous medical and professional societies, has signed on to a letter urging additional COVID-19 relief efforts. In particular, this letter calls for relief efforts to protect the financial solvency of medical institutions.
SHM Sends Letter to Department of Homeland Security on Immigration Reform
April 14, 2020
SHM sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The letter outlines requests to reform the H-1B and the J-1 visa process to expand our medical workforce in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SHM Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding COVID-19 Response
April 2, 2020
SHM, alongside Sound Physicians and Apogee Physicians, sent a letter to the Congressional Leadership urging additional relief efforts in light of COVID-19.
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.