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SHM's Letters to Policymakers

Read SHM's Latest Letters

SHM Joins Multi-stakeholder Letter on Patient Access Rule

October 27, 2020

SHM joins the American College of Physicians (ACP) and other subspecialties in expressing our concern over the upcoming compliance deadlines included in the "Patient Access" rule.

SHM Sends Letter to DHS Opposing Proposed Changes to J-1 Visa

October 26, 2020

SHM sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security in opposition to a proposed rule change that, if finalized, will replace the "duration of status" requirement for the J-1 visa with a fixed time period that is not to extend four years.

SHM Joins CMSS Statement in Support of Osteopathic Physicians

October 21, 2020

In light of recent comments disregarding the legitimacy and training of osteopathic physicians, SHM joined the CMSS statement support of osteopathic physicians.

SHM opposes CMS’ proposal to eliminate BPCIA’s Physician Group Practice (PGP) offset

October 12, 2020

SHM opposes CMS’ proposal to eliminate BPCIA’s Physician Group Practice (PGP) offset, which makes it possible for independent hospitalist groups to participate in the bundled payment model

SHM Comments on the 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule

October 05, 2020

SHM sends comment letter to CMS on the proposal to eliminate the inpatient only list in the Outpatient Prospective Payment System.

SHM Comments on the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

October 05, 2020

SHM sends comment letter to CMS on the CY2021 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, commenting on budget neutrality cuts to the PFS, telehealth, and the Quality Payment Program.

SHM Sends Letter Regarding Budget Neutrality in the Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

September 08, 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 Letter to the Federation of State Medical Boards Regarding Mental Health Disclosures and State Licensure

August 10, 2020

SHM urges the FSMB to encourage its member boards to revisit mental health disclosure policies for state licensure and prioritize advocacy efforts with state legislatures. Eliminating mental health disclosure requirements or contextualizing these disclosures as they pertain to actual impairments will help foster a healthier and more supportive profession, particularly in these extraordinarily trying times.

SHM Sends a Letter to Senate Majority Leader Urging Inclusion of Immigration Reform in COVID Package

July 27, 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 20, 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 29, 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 08, 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 01, 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 01, 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 Relief Efforts

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 02, 2020

SHM, alongside Sound Physicians and Apogee Physicians, sent a letter to the Congressional Leadership urging additional relief efforts in light of COVID-19. The letter includes requests for adequate telehealth reimbursement rates and the expansion of the healthcare workforce via H-1B and J-1 visa reforms, among other relief requests.

SHM Sends Letter to the Administration and Congressional Leaders Regarding COVID-19 Policy Changes

April 01, 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.

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.