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SHM Sends Letter to Senate Finance Committee's Chronic Care Working Group on Improving Patient Care


June 22, 2015

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The Honorable Orrin Hatch, Chairman
The Honorable Ron Wyden, Ranking Member
The Honorable Johnny Isakson, Co-Chair
The Honorable Mark Warner, Co-chair

Senate Finance Committee
219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

 

Dear Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden, and Senators Isakson and Warner:

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the chronic care working group. SHM shares the Senate Finance Committee’s commitment to improving care for Medicare patients with chronic conditions, and supports the Committee’s stated goals in increasing care coordination, incentivizing quality care while streamlining Medicare’s current payment system and reducing growth in Medicare spending.

SHM represents the nation’s more than 44,000 hospitalists who work primarily in acute care hospitals, as well as increasingly in post-acute facilities. Hospitalists are critical team leaders in coordinating care and are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients, which include a large number of Medicare beneficiaries, many of whom suffer from chronic conditions.

We offer the following suggestions for improved policies:

 

Sincerely,

Robert Harrington, JR., MD
SFHM President, Society of Hospital Medicine