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SHM's Letters to Policymakers

Read SHM's Latest Letters

SHM Supports ACEP's Call for Emergency Declaration

December 15, 2022

SHM supports ACEP's call for an Emergency Declaration over the crisis of boarding admitted patients in the emergency department.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Urging Passage of MAT Act

November 29, 2022

SHM joined nearly 200 organizations urging Congress to pass the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act before the end of the 117th Congressional session.

SHM Sends Letter Urging Emergency Declaration for Pediatric Hospitalization Surge

November 29, 2022

SHM fully supports the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association's call for an emergency declaration to support and bolster the national response to the alarming surge of pediatric hospitalizations.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Supporting PASTEUR Act

November 16, 2022

SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter urging the inclusion of the PASTEAUR Act into an end of year package. This legislation will help address the growing crisis of antimicrobial resistance.

SHM Responds to the CMS Request for Information "Make Your Voice Heard"

November 03, 2022

SHM has submitted comments on a wide-ranging RFI, commenting on issues like health equity, prior authorization, telehealth expansion, and more.

SHM Submits Comments on MACRA RFI

October 31, 2022

SHM has submitted comments on a Congressional Request for Information (RFI) seeking feedback on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

SHM Submits Comments on Pulse Oximetry Devices

October 18, 2022

SHM submitted comments to the FDA regarding pulse oximetry device's inaccurate readings on patients with darker skin pigmentation.

Signs Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Medicare Reimbursement

September 22, 2022

SHM, alongside dozens of other medical and specialty societies, has signed a letter to Congressional leadership urging Congress to establish a permanent Medicare payment system.

SHM Submits Comments on 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

September 06, 2022

SHM has submitted comments on the 2023 PFS Proposed Rule. SHM commented on various proposals including, but not limited to, telehealth, split (or shared) billing, code valuations, and the Quality Payment Program.

SHM Submits Request for Information Response on Prior Authorization

August 30, 2022

Prior authorization requirements under Medicare Advantage (MA) plans often result in unnecessary delays or denials in medically necessary care. SHM has submitted comments to CMS to encourage the agency to standardize and streamline the prior authorization process.

SHM Signs Joint Statement in Opposition to Legislative Interference in the Patient-Physician Relationship

July 08, 2022

In light of the Supreme Court's decision on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health System, SHM, alongside 74 other medical and specialty societies, oppose legislative interference into the physician-patient relationship.

SHM Comments on the 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

June 17, 2022

SHM submitted comments on the quality and performance measurement provisions of the 2023 IPPS proposed rule and responded to a Request for Information on measuring healthcare disparities.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Supporting the MAT Act

May 13, 2022

SHM joins over 100 medical societies and patient advocacy groups supporting the inclusion of the "Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act" to the broader "Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act."

SHM Signs AMA Letter on Split (or shared) Billing

March 29, 2022

SHM joined the AMA and other medical specialty societies, urging CMS to rescind the new policy on split (or shared) billing.

SHM Sends Letter to CMS on Split (or Shared) Billing Policy

March 29, 2022

SHM sent a letter to CMS on the new split (or shared) billing policy. This policy will be extremely disruptive to team-based care and is not reflective of the realities of hospitalist practice.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Split/Shared Billing

March 22, 2022

SHM has joined a multi-stakeholder letter to CMS, urging the agency to halt the implementation of their new split/shared billing policy,

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Extending Telehealth Flexibilities

March 08, 2022

SHM joined a multi-stakeholder letter urging the extension of telehealth flexibilities beyond the expiration of the PHE.

SHM Submits Comments on Prior Authorization for Hospital Transfers Request for Information

March 07, 2022

SHM submitted comments on the Prior Authorization for Hospital Transfers RFI. We outlined the importance of increasing transparency and efficiency of the prior authorization process under Medicare Advantage.

SHM Supports the Hospital Inpatient Services Modernization Act

March 04, 2022

SHM supports the Hospital Inpatient Services Modernization Act. This legislation will extend the Hospital at Home waiver for two years after the expiration of the public health emergency.

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.