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SHM's Letters to Policymakers

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SHM Sends Letter to Energy and Commerce Republicans on Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

October 28, 2019

SHM responds to the House Energy and Commerce Republicans' request for information regarding opioid and substance use disorder treatment. This letter focuses specifically on the need to deregulate of buprenorphine, a lifesaving medication that helps treat opioid use disorder.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Surprise Billing to Congress

October 16, 2019

SHM, alongside other stakeholders, sent a letter to Congress about surprise billing. We support legislative solutions that protect patients from unexpected medical bills. Additionally, we support the development of an independent dispute resolution process that keeps patients out of payment disputes between insurers and providers.

SHM Submits Comments to CMS on the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

September 20, 2019

SHM submitted comments to CMS on the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. Comment areas include proposed changes to the Quality Reporting Program, physician assistant supervision, and bundled payments, among other proposals.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Prior-Authorization

September 19, 2019

SHM, joined by other medical societies, signed a letter to CMS about the automation of the prior authorization process. We are concerned automating prior authorization, without focusing on other key reforms, will increase patient care delays without significantly reducing administrative burden. Included in this letter are additional reforms needed to improve the prior authorization process.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter Supporting the Improving Seniors Timely Access to Care Act

September 09, 2019

SHM, along with other professional and medical societies, supports the Improving Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (HR 3107). This bill will standardize prior authorization under Medicare Advantage Programs, improve transparency, and streamline coverage approval processes.

SHM Responds to CMS' Request for Information on "Patients Over Paperwork" Initiative

August 10, 2019

SHM responded to CMS' Request for Information (RFI) regarding their "Patients Over Paperwork" Initiative. We addressed excessive administrative burden related to observation care, the 96-hour rule, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, among other issues.

SHM Supports the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act

July 24, 2019

The Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act (S. 2074) is the companion bill to H.R. 2482. This bill will increase access to buprenorphine, a lifesaving addiction treatment, by eliminating the "X Waiver" DEA certificate and the provider-patient cap. This legislation will help reduce stigma associated with treatment and will remove barriers to the use of buprenorphine for treating opioid use disorder.

SHM Submits Comments to CMS on FY2020 Hospital Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

June 24, 2019

SHM submitted comments on the FY2020 Hospital Prospective Payment System proposed rule. Our comments address Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) measures related to hospital harms, opioid safety, and readmissions, as well as proposed changes to MCC/CC diagnosis severity designations in the hospital payment system.

SHM Joins National Observation Stays Coalition in Submitting Comments on Surprise Billing to House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee

June 12, 2019

SHM joined the National Observation Stays Coalition and submitted comments to the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee following the hearing, "No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills." In particular, the coalition urged the committee to include observation reform in surprise billing legislation.

SHM Supports Conrad State 30 Reauthorization, Which Would Extend Access to Physicians in Underserved Areas

June 10, 2019

The Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act (S.948, H.R.2895 ) would allow underserved communities to continue to recruit both primary care and specialty physicians after they complete their J-1 Visa medical residency training.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on MACRA to Congress

June 03, 2019

SHM signed onto a multi-stakeholder letter urging Congress to improve MACRA. Included in the letter is a call to implement positive payment adjustments for physicians and to extend APM bonus payments for six years

SHM Supports the Reducing Administrative Costs and Burdens in Health Care Act of 2019

May 23, 2019

The Reducing Administrative Costs and Burdens in Health Care Act of 2019 (S. 1260) encourages federal and state-level innovation to lower health care costs by reducing excessive administrative spending.

SHM Supports the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act

May 23, 2019

The Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act (H.R. 2482) will increase access to buprenorphine, a lifesaving addiction treatment, by eliminating the "X Waiver" DEA certificate and the provider-patient cap. This legislation will help reduce stigma associated with treatment and will remove barriers to the use of buprenorphine for treating opioid use disorder.

SHM Signs Coalition Letter Urging the House to Include Observation Reform in Surprise Billing Legislation

May 21, 2019

As the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee considers legislation to curb surprise billing, the National Observation Stays Coalition, which includes medical associations and patient advocacy groups, encouraged the committee to include observation reform within their surprise billing legislation.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Surprise Billing to Senate Working Group

May 14, 2019

SHM, along with several other medical societies, sent a letter to the US Senate Bipartisan Working Group on Transparency regarding surprise billing proposals and potential unintended consequences that will negatively impact patient care.

SHM Submits Comments on MACRA to the Senate Committee on Finance

May 08, 2019

SHM submitted comments to the Senate Committee on Finance's official record following the hearing "Medicare Physician Payment Reform After Two Years: Examining MACRA Implementation and the Road Ahead." We commented on barriers to APM participation, as well as measurements and exclusions under the MIPS.

SHM Submits Comments to Senate HELP Committee on Healthcare Costs

March 01, 2019

SHM submits comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee in response to their request for stakeholder suggestions to lower the overall cost of healthcare. Our suggestions to reduce costs include reforming observation, increasing APM pathways, and improving quality measures.

SHM Joins Multi-Stakeholder Letter on Surprise Billing to House Ways and Means Committee

February 07, 2019

SHM signs onto multi-stakeholder letter to the House Ways and Means Committee on policies to address surprise billing and unexpected out-of-pocket costs impacting patients around the country.

Hospital-Based Specialties Send Letter to CMS on Promoting Interoperability Exemption

January 30, 2019

SHM, joined by IDSA, ACEP, EDPMA, and ASA, sends letter to CMS on issues with the hospital-based exemption from the Promoting Interoperability category of the MIPS.

SHM Comments on Draft Hospital-Wide Readmission Measure for MIPS

January 04, 2019

SHM sends comments on the retooled specifications for the hospital-wide readmission measure as an outcome measure in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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.