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SHM's Letters to Policymakers

Read SHM's Latest Letters

SHM Supports the Reintroduction of the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act

April 27, 2021

SHM supports the reintroduction of the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act. This legislation will make days spent in observation count towards Medicare’s three-day stay requirement for skilled nursing facility (SNF) coverage.

SHM Supports the Reintroduction of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

April 05, 2021

SHM supports the reintroduction of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act. This legislation will recapture 40,000 unused employment-based visas and use them to expedite processing for immigrant doctors and nurses. Converting these visas will alleviate health care staffing shortages during the public health emergency.

SHM Joins Multi-stakeholder Letter Supporting the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act

March 24, 2021

SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter supporting the "Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act." This legislation will expand the physician workforce by gradually raising the number of Medicare-supported GME positions by 2,000 per year for seven years, creating a total of 14,000 new slots.

SHM Joins Multi-stakeholder Letter on MVPs

March 05, 2021

SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter to CMS regarding proposals related to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathway (MVP) proposals. Specifically, the letter urges CMS to ensure changes will help guide quality and care improvements.

SHM Supports Confirmation of Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

February 25, 2021

SHM sent a letter strongly supporting the confirmation of Vivek Murthy as the Surgeon General.

SHM Joins Multi-stakeholder Letter Urging House and Senate Appropriators to Increase Funding for AHRQ

February 19, 2021

SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter with 118 stakeholders urging Senate and House appropriators in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. The letter requests a minimum of $500 million in funding for the Agency for Healthcare and Research and Quality (AHRQ).

SHM Supports the Reintroduction of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act

February 19, 2021

SHM supports the reintroduction of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act. This legislation will eliminate the X-Waiver prescribing requirement for buprenorphine, a lifesaving medication used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).

SHM Joins Multi-stakeholder Letter Supporting the "Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act"

February 12, 2021

SHM joined the AMA and other medical societies in their support of the "Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act." This legislation will extend the Congressional moratorium on Medicare sequester cuts through the duration of the public health emergency (PHE).

SHM Joins Multi-stakeholder Letter Urging Congress to Remove Restrictions on Buprenorphine

February 05, 2021

SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter urging Congress to expand access to buprenorphine. The letter urged Congress to include legislation to address the opioid epidemic in the upcoming COVID relief package.

SHM Joins Multi-stakeholder Letter Urging Congress to Eliminate the X-Waiver

February 05, 2021

SHM and other stakeholders sent a letter to Congressional leaders, urging for the elimination of the X-waiver. Eliminating the X-waiver will expand access to buprenorphine, a lifesaving treatment for opioid-use disorder (OUD).

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Supporting the Elimination of the X-Waiver

January 27, 2021

SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter urging the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to finalize guidelines that would expand access to buprenorphine.

The power of a letter.

Part of the Society of Hospital Medicine's advocacy efforts is providing feedback and expertise on legislation and regulations that affect hospital medicine and the healthcare system. SHM regularly sends letters to Congressional leaders and regulatory agencies.