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SHM's Letters to Policymakers

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SHM Submits Comments on the 2025 IPPS Proposed Rule

June 10, 2024

SHM submitted comments on the 2025 IPPS Proposed Rule. SHM commented on proposed changes to the HCAHPS survey, proposed measures in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, and more.

SHM Signs Letter Urging Congress to Appropriate Funding for Firearm Morbidity and Mortality Reduction Research

June 03, 2024

SHM joins 434 medical, public health, and research organizations in a letter urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committee to provide funding for firearm mortality and morbidity research.

SHM Supports the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act

April 11, 2024

SHM supports the Senate reintroduction of the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act. This legislation will count all time spent under observation towards Medicare's three-day stay inpatient requirement for SNF coverage qualification.

SHM Joins Multi-stakeholder Letter Urging Congress to Extend Hospital at Home Waiver

March 11, 2024

The waiver allowing for the expansion of the Hospital at Home program is set to expire at the end of 2024. SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter urging Congress to extend the Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver program for at least five years.

SHM Signs AHRQ Appropriations Fund Request

February 26, 2024

SHM joins 170 other signatories urging the appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related agencies to allocate $500 million in funding for the Agency for Healthcare and Research and Quality (AHQR)

SHM Joins Coalition in Commenting on Patient Status Appeals

February 26, 2024

SHM joined other members of the Observation Coalition in commenting on the proposed appeals process for patients who were admitted as an inpatient and retroactively designated under outpatient.

SHM Submits Comments on Proposed Observation Status Appeals Process

February 26, 2024

CMS has submitted comments regarding the proposed appeals process in which patients, under limited circumstances, can appeal a retroactive classification as an outpatient.

SHM Supports the Reauthorization of the Dr. Lorna Breen Healthcare Provider Protection Act

February 08, 2024

SHM supports the reauthorization of this important legislation, which establishes grants that support training in strategies to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, behavioral health conditions, and substance use disorders among healthcare professionals.

SHM Supports the DOCTORS Act

February 08, 2024

SHM supports the passage of the Directing Our Country's Transfer of Residency Slots (DOCTORS) Act. This legislation will help address nationwide physician shortages by reallocating unused waivers from the Conrad 30 waiver program to states that use their full allotment.

SHM Supports the Reintroduction of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

November 17, 2023

SHM supports the Reintroduction of the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act. This legislation will help address healthcare worker shortages by recapturing 40,000 unused employment-based visas and utilizing them to expedite processing for immigrant doctors and nurses.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Urging Congress to Halt Impending Medicare Cuts

November 16, 2023

SHM joined dozens of other medical societies urging Congress to take immediate action to stop the impending 3.7 percent payment reduction, slated to go into effect January 1, 2024.

SHM Supports the Reintroduction of the Critical Access Hospital Relief Act

November 07, 2023

SHM supports the reintroduction of the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Relief Act, which will remove the requirement that physicians in CAHs certify, with reasonable certainty, that an individual patients anticipated length of stay (LOS) will be 96 hours of less.

SHM Supports the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act

November 07, 2023

SHM supports the introduction of the SAVE Act, which will create legal penalties for individuals who intentionally assault or intimidate any hospital workers on-site, regardless of how they are employed.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Supporting Medicare Payment Reform

October 31, 2023

SHM, alongside dozens of medical and specialty societies, support the GOP Doctor's Caucus budget neutrality reform proposal.

SHM and Other Stakeholders Support the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act

September 18, 2023

SHM and thirty three other organizations joined a multi-stakeholder effort in support of legislation that will count time spent in observation towards Medicare's three day inpatient stay requirement for SNF coverage.

SHM Submits Comments on 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

September 11, 2023

SHM Submits Comments on 2024 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule.

SHM Supports the Conrad State 30 Physician Access Reauthorization Act

August 08, 2023

SHM Supports the Conrad State 30 Physician Access Reauthorization Act.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Supporting the Conrad State 30 Physician Access Reauthorization Act

August 01, 2023

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Supporting the Conrad State 30 Physician Access Reauthorization Act.

SHM Submits Feedback on the Addressing Social Needs eQCM

July 02, 2023

SHM submitted feedback on the Addressing Social Needs eQCM.

SHM Submits Comments on the IPPS Proposed Rule

June 09, 2023

CMS submitted comments on the IPPS Proposed Rule. Our comments oppose the adoption of duplicative measures across in Medicare quality reporting programs.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Urging Funds to Conduct Public Health Research on Firearm Morbidity and Mortality

April 19, 2023

SHM joined 408 national, state, and local medical, public health, and research organizations urging the House and Senate appropriations committees to provide funding for public health research into firearm morbidity and mortality.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Supporting the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act

April 19, 2023

SHM joins dozens of other medical and specialty societies, supporting the passage of legislation that will provide annual inflationary updates for Medicare physician payments.

SHM Submits Comments on Healthcare Workforce Request for Information

March 20, 2023

SHM has submitted comments to the Senate HELP committee regarding the healthcare workforce shortage. Our comments address administrative burden, the medical school pipeline, and more.

SHM Submits Comments on Medicare Advantage Prior Authorization Proposed Rule

March 13, 2023

SHM has submitted comments on a proposed rule regarding the prior authorization process for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. We support proposals to streamline the prior authorization process and to increase transparency.

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.